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Why Columbus Is a Villian

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Christopher Columbus is a villain because the American Indians would have considered him an invader and conquerer. He did not discover America because it had already been discovered a long time ago, there were already people living there for thousands of years. Christopher Columbus was also into child prostitution, slavery, mutilation and dismemberment, killing babies,and torture.

A hero is someone who performs good deeds for others and not for their own benefit. Christopher Columbus did not do any good deeds during his four voyages in the late 1400s. Most people say he is the founder of the Americas but Christopher Columbus was not the founder of the Americas we live in today. He did not set a single foot on these grounds, even if he did there were already the natives who inhabited the land. When he first sited land it was further down south in the Caribbean Islands.

Christopher Columbus was the enforcer of slavery. Slavery was already going on when he left Spain, but the natives could be used for trade with other goods, this was known as the slave trade. He and his crew basically enslaved a whole race of men, women, and children. When Christopher Columbus discovered what he thought to be the new world, he had no idea that he would find a whole race of people. His intensions were to go out and find gold and spices to bring back to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in Spain. On his second trip to the New World, Columbus brought cannons and attack dogs. If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If slaves tried to escape, Columbus had them burned alive. Other times, he sent attack dogs to hunt them down, and the dogs would tear off the arms and legs of the run away natives while they were still alive. If the Columbus and his men ran short on food to feed the dogs, Arawak babies were killed for dog food.

Columbus enslaved the natives. These natives were also killed by him and his men. There were millions killed by Columbus and his crew. He was a ruthless person with no sense of humanity. He tricked the native's into trading their valuable gold, for worthless glass beads. He treated the people that had already discovered the land, very badly. Columbus was so bad that he could be compared to Hitler. He also killed people for no reason. Just because he could control the land, and set the laws, he thought that he could kill and enslave the natives. Not only did these people never do anything to upset Columbus, but they had also came to the land before him. He was a was a villain and evil man who killed millions of people and enslaved the rest of the people who he didn't kill.

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