Why was Christopher Columbus a villain?
Christopher Columbus was a known explorer, colonizer and navigator. A native of Genoa, Italy, many attest that Columbus never wrote in his native language. His intelligence and ambitious attitude led him to learning different languages as well as studying various sciences such as astronomy, history and geography. Aside from that, his interest in the Bible and biblical prophecies was said to proliferate throughout his life time. He earned the titles Admiral of the Ocean Sea as well as Viceroy and Governor of the Indies as he set out to discover places, colonize countries and explore the world.
Many people, especially most Americans, perceive Christopher Columbus as a hero, as a great explorer and as an inspiration to all. All praises are attributed to him whenever a topic is focused on him. On the other hand, there are people who criticize Christopher Columbus’ heroism. These people see America’s hero as the villain, despite his wonderful achievements and discoveries. Many people deem America’s discoverer as villain because of the facts provided as to his cruelty, deceitfulness, self-centeredness and inhumane acts. Historical findings showed that despite his greatness, he was also showing excellence in letting other people suffer. Christopher Columbus was found to be a cruel man who enjoys seeing the natives die and suffer. For every land he colonized, he tolerated the killings of the people in the place and sold people to be slaves to other countries. Not just that, Christopher Columbus was proven to be self-centered man when he allowed all the violence to happen just to gain all the possession he desires and to overpower the land he wished to colonize and rule over.
Today, a Columbus Day is still celebrated in the U.S. but not all people believe of his said greatness.