Christopher Columbus discovers what will later be called “America” (1353 words)

Historical Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


Christopher Columbus is conventionally regarded as a hero of the Western world, and certainly he deserves fame for his successes as a navigator and tenacity as an expedition leader. However, anyone who reads the History of the Indies by Bartholmé de las Casas (1474-1566), or his Short Account of the Destruction of the Indians, 1542, must find such admiration conditioned by the horrible consequences of Columbus's discovery. Columbus was bent on finding a Western route from Europe to the East Indies, and the lure for himself and for his backers in Spain, notably King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, was gold and spices. Columbus was to have 10% and be governor of the new found lands. Having landed in the Bahamas, …

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Clark, Robert. "Christopher Columbus discovers what will later be called “America”". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 February 2008
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