Columbus the Villain

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Columbus the Villain


In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And, when he reached his destination he killed,
raped and enslaved innocent natives. Was Columbus a villain? The answer to that question,
in my opinion, would be yes. Christopher Columbus was a cruel, self-centered, delusional
man who does not deserve to be praised for the discovery of America.


First, Columbus was a cruel man who enslaved, raped, and murdered the natives of the
countries he sailed to. According to an article by John Margolis entitled "Goodbye
Columbus", Columbus "oversaw the killings of some (Indians) and ordered the enslavement of
others." Margolis goes on to say that Columbus did not prevent his crewmen from raping the
innocent natives, and even that he himself raped an Indian women after beating her "with a
piece of rope". If these actions do not constitute villainy, I don't know what does.


Also, Columbus could be described as a self-centered and delusional man. His critics have
described him as not a genius, but a "stubborn ego maniac who convinced himself that the
world was about 25 percent smaller than it actually is." Columbus believed that he was
saving the souls of his captives and granting them eternal life by taking the natives out
of their environment and shipping them back to Spain. He even went so far as to believe
that he was getting "personal messages from above".
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