Columbus: Hero or Villain?

jahvare lynch

The Columbian Exchange

The columbian exchange was the biological and cultural exchanges between the old and new worlds. During the exchanges there were positives and negatives. Positives being that they exchanged plants, animals, new foods and new technology. The negatives were the diseases that they brought to the new world that caused the death of most of the natives and they were also enslaved to mine for gold.

Villain

My view on Columbus is that he is a villain that took advantage of the natives of the old world via mercantilism and then used them as slaves to make profit off of, subsequently causing the deaths of most of them due to the new diseases they brought to the new world and their enslavement.