Christopher Columbus Good vs Bad

by Alexandra Zipse

Why go on the expedition?



Columbus went on the trip because of Gold, Glory, and God. He was determined to find a direct water route west from Europe to Asia. Columbus wanted fame and fortune. He wanted to be known around the world by all different names and be rich with all he found in the land he would discover. Columbus's initial ideas for a new trade route to Asia fell when he realized how much gold was available in the New World.

What issues did Columbus have on the way there


Columbus had many issues during his voyage. Many of his boat became destroyed by the storms he encountered and many of his companions began to get sick of disease. And not only that but food became scarce. And because Columbus did not have a boat he was going of his instincts. And even his crew wanted to kill him because he wanted to turn around the boat. And finding investment money for his voyage.

What controversies are there over Columbus?

Columbus and his men enslaved many native inhabitants of the West Indies. And turned them into extreme violence and brutality. He also forced the people into changing there religion to Christianity. Columbus also brought new diseases into the new world which would, over time, devastate the native populations of many new worlds islands and communities.

What did Columbus do that was smart?

Columbus started the Columbian Exchange. He set off on his historic journey to Asia after convincing the king and queen of Spain to support him. After finding the new continent, he returned to report his discovery. This led to three visits to help establish settlements in the new land. He then returned to Spain. He created the Columbian Exchange. The columbian Exchange transformed economic activity in both worlds.

What did Columbus do wrong?

Columbus wanted treasure, and food for him and his men, and when the Indies refused, he gave them warnings. When the Indies rebelled, Columbus sold the Indies into slavery in Europe. Columbus also brought in deadly diseases. He brought Columbian disease and starvation that killed three to five million people over the next fifty years. He brought disease like smallpox, measles and influenza.

Is Christopher Columbus bad or good?

Although Christopher Columbus did discover new land he was not considered a nice/good person. Christopher Columbus treated the people form the new land he founded like trash. He turned them into slaves and then sold them. But he didn't just sell them he illegally sold them. Not only that but he didn't think of others safety when it came to the voyage there and back. During his voyage with his people many of his men got sick from deadly diseases, and many starved almost to death. But not only did these men get diseases they brought the diseases back into there land making many other people sick.

Columbus's Voyage

Christopher Columbus Poem

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

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