anonymous
  • anonymous
Consider another argument about Columbus: Christopher Columbus' "discovery" of America is one of the most tragic events in human history. It brought great devastation to both American continents. Entire civilizations that had existed for thousands of years were wiped out. Columbus Day should not be a holiday, but rather a day of mourning. How would you describe the above argument? What evidence exists to support or refute the argument? Is the argument effective? Write a paragraph in which you analyze and evaluate the above argument.
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Opcode
  • Opcode
Columbus did not discover America, plus civilizations in America were already being destroyed even before Christopher Columbus "discovered" America. I think the argument that Columbus Day should not be a holiday is arbitrary. Without America the world would probably still be filled with dictatorships, sure some civilizations would still be alive, but what America has done for the world is bigger than "some" civilization. Without America you can kiss goodbye to these days commodities such as cellular device and computers. Before America had economic troubles, America had ingenious ideas. So what is a civilization got destroyed sooner or later a man would find what is now called America. Humanity is always curious that is why we had technology we always want to make things more fun or improve the quality of our life. Even if Columbus never found America it wouldn't be that long be for Spain found it, as you can recall it wasn't only England looking for new trade routes, but almost every single country. I don't think the term, "It brought great devastation to both American continents." Really fits this is because only a few civilizations were destroyed not all of them. Plus eventually the civilizations would have died off I mean come on look at History, the Romans and Greeks civilizations failed eventually.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Okay, I'll add in that to what I have. You're great, op
anonymous
  • anonymous
From the perspective of the Native Americans, it was their apocalypse. Columbus' discovery opened the floodgate to subsequent expeditions in vast numbers looking to take a piece of the New World. Superior technology decimated the Aztec and Incan empires. Diseases wiped out over 90% of all Native Americans on both continents in the course of only a few generations because they had no immunities to things like smallpox which the Europeans did. As the United States grew from the original thirteen colonies, the tribes who lived in North America were marginalized and eventually pushed out of the way. There's no telling how the cultures of the Native Americans could have developed if they had continued on because most of them were annihilated in the wake of Columbus' discovery.

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anonymous
  • anonymous
The civilizations would have been destroyed by Spain cause Spain had already start exploring south america long before north america was discovered by columbus.
anonymous
  • anonymous
If you need a link to the diseases portion of the argument, here's a link that might help: http://www.pbs.org/gunsgermssteel/variables/smallpox.html
anonymous
  • anonymous
Thanks everyone, this all was extremely helpful!
anonymous
  • anonymous
and let's not forget that those great native americans that were so heartlessly killed by Columbus gave the Europeans syphilis and Tabaco, I wonder how many lives those two little gifts have cost?
anonymous
  • anonymous
Common sense should immediately indicate Columbus was not the first to discover America, otherwise he wouldn't have encountered natives. Human remains in America that we have found so far date back as early as 13000 years ago.
Opcode
  • Opcode
I'd just like to say I am not supporting devastation of the civilizations on North America and South America. In truth I think it was wrong to kill thousands of Native Americans, I mean bio-warfare is sickening. We should have just made peace.
anonymous
  • anonymous
I agree, taking their land and killing and enslaving them was wrong.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Christopher Columbus enslaved, used others resources and took advantage of his power.
anonymous
  • anonymous
I am only saying that the real tragic event in the discovery of America and the enconters with native americans is only now being felt in the 20th and 21st centuries. On the west coast of the US most of the gambling establishments are run by native americans, so add sexually transmitted disease, tobacco and gambling and the devastating effects on society of these problems and ask yourself for whom was the discovery tragic?
anonymous
  • anonymous
I wonder how history would have went if he hadn't discovered America.
Opcode
  • Opcode
In my History class we normally don't describe things as tragic or cheerful or any type of emotion because in the end it becomes biased, which is not something you want when writing a book about an event.
anonymous
  • anonymous
To be a little fair, Europeans like the Spaniards had no idea that smallpox would destroy so many people. They figured it was "the wrath of God" or some other religious pretext for why the natives were dying around them. Remember, one of the things that the Spaniards brought with them was their faith and they often used it to justify why heathens like the Aztecs and the Incans should be laid low, even going so far as to destroy their cultures by burning their books forcing them to convert. So it's no surprise that disease was explained the same way.
anonymous
  • anonymous
This is somewhat of an opinion but it's asking for evidence to support my opinion..
anonymous
  • anonymous
so it's technically not biased completely.
anonymous
  • anonymous
There's the link provided above from PBS that talks about the disease angle and here's one that talks about the Cortes and his conquest of the Aztecs: http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/cortes/cortes_flat.html The Europeans were looking for new lands and wealth to exploit for the most part. The Native Americans, technologically, were far behind them, which gave the Europeans a massive advantage. Horses were never seen by them before -- nor were the tactics, gunpowder, rifles, or steel. They simply had a different developmental path. But disease was the largest killer by far. It's not because the Native Americans were inferior physically -- they simply weren't exposed to the same kind of diseases and animals that Europeans were used to back in the Old World.

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