Columbus: What Really Happened
It was interesting yesterday, watching people both attack and defend Columbus.
Some states are apparently so offended, they changed the name to Native Americans Day.
There should be a Native Americans Day, anyhow.
Not in competition with it. There should also be a Native American Congressional Caucus and a Native American Indian President. They also need to reinstate the tribes the government removed, from being considered not “officially” recognized.
These things are way more important, than trying to blame a continent being discovered, by one man.
Like it was going to stay hidden , until they advanced.
Like Columbus landed and poof, the English were in charge.
People don’t seem to realize, it was 115 years between Columbus’ 1492 voyage, and the first British colony in 1607.
Yes. Columbus dealt with slaves. A horrible thing.
But the same people offended by Columbus, are attacking anti-sharia rallies. When slavery had been common by that time, for over a thousand years.
The same people offended by Columbus, were marching in vagina hats with Muslim Linda Sarsour, for the banned Yemen. Where slavery was legal until 1962. Marching for the banned Sudan, where slavery was legal until 1981.
Indentured servitude, was also common at the time.
The entire world was trying to explore the New World, for hundreds of years. There were colonies from all over. France. Spain. Brazil. The Netherlands. Germany.
We now know, the Viking were most likely in North America, long before Columbus. Leif Erikson. Possibly, the Knights of the Templar.
It was three hundred years, between Columbus, and the American Revolution.
Let me say that again.
It was three hundred years, between Columbus, and the American Revolution.
The world fought with the indigenous people, but they also fell in love. Millions of people today, have the bloodline of American Indians and races from around the world.
There is no going back and changing that fact.
People want to only see American Indians as victims.
American Indians fought in our Revolution. On both sides of our civil war.
And the harsh truth is, many American Indian tribes owned slaves from other tribes.
This is simply a brutal fact, of reality at the time.
Which is why the attack on Columbus Day, by the same people telling us we have to respect Socialism and Sharia, is just another politically correct censorship tool to separate the very fabric of American traditions.
Same tactic as kneeling for the American flag, going after Southern culture, safe spaces and Antifa temper tantrums.
How about instead of erasing Christopher Columbus, we stop demanding the border be thrown open even more?
How about instead of erasing Christopher Columbus, we stop demanding Socialism be respected?
How about instead of erasing Christopher Columbus, we stop demanding Sharia be respected?
How about instead of erasing Christopher Columbus, we demand one American Indian Congressional member requirement, per state?
How about instead of erasing Christopher Columbus, we demand an American Indian Congressional Caucus?
The explorer Christopher Columbus made four trips across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain: in 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502. He was determined to find a direct water route west from Europe to Asia, but he never did. Instead, he accidentally stumbled upon the Americas. Though he did not really “discover” the New World—millions of people already lived there—his journeys marked the beginning of centuries of transatlantic conquest and colonization.
During the 15th and 16th centuries, leaders of several European nations sponsored expeditions abroad in the hope that explorers would find great wealth and vast undiscovered lands. The Portuguese were the earliest participants in this “Age of Discovery.”
Starting in about 1420, small Portuguese ships known as caravels zipped along the African coast, carrying spices, gold, slaves and other goods from Asia and Africa to Europe.
Other European nations, particularly Spain, were eager to share in the seemingly limitless riches of the “Far East.” By the end of the 15th century, Spain’s “Reconquista”—the expulsion of Jews and Muslims out of the kingdom after centuries of war—was complete, and the nation turned its attention to exploration and conquest in other areas of the world.
Christopher Columbus, the son of a wool merchant, was born in Genoa, Italy, in about 1451. When he was still a teenager, he got a job on a merchant ship. He remained at sea until 1470, when French privateers attacked his ship as it sailed north along the Portuguese coast.
The boat sank, but the young Columbus floated to shore on a scrap of wood and made his way to Lisbon, where he studied mathematics, astronomy, cartography and navigation. He also began to hatch the plan that would change the world forever.
Columbus’ contract with the Spanish rulers promised that he could keep 10 percent of whatever riches he found, along with a noble title and the governorship of any lands he should encounter.
In May 1498, Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic for the third time. He visited Trinidad and the South American mainland before returning to the ill-fated Hispaniola settlement, where the colonists had staged a bloody revolt against the Columbus brothers’ mismanagement and brutality. Conditions were so bad that Spanish authorities had to send a new governor to take over. Christopher Columbus was arrested and returned to Spain in chains.
In 1502, cleared of the most serious charges but stripped of his noble titles, the aging Columbus persuaded the Spanish king to pay for one last trip across the Atlantic. This time, Columbus made it all the way to Panama—just miles from the Pacific Ocean—where he had to abandon two of his four ships in the face of an attack from hostile natives. Empty-handed, the elderly explorer returned to Spain, where he died in 1506.
Columbus Day Has Drawn Protests Almost From Day 1
A reverend at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan appeared on the front page of The New York Times after he criticized Christopher Columbus, the Italian navigator who sailed to the Americas on behalf of Spain in 1492.
The reverend, R. S. MacArthur, said Columbus was “cruel, and guilty of many crimes.”
That complaint may sound familiar to those who condemn the explorer for opening a door to European colonialism, which brought disease, destruction and catastrophic wars to the people who already lived here.
But Mr. MacArthur said those words more than a century ago, in 1893. His comments suggested he was more affronted by Spain, which he called “the poorest and most ignorant country in Europe,” than concerned about Native Americans.
9 Colonial Expansions in North America
French-British Rivalry in North America
By the early 17th century, France and England had colonies in North America, the West Indies, Africa, and the East Indies. They had some very lucrative monopolies, notably sugar from the West Indies, slaves from Africa, silk and spices from the East Indies, and furs and fish (cod) from North America. Hostilities began in 1628 in the New World (1689 in Europe) and continued unabated until 1761 and 1762 (1815 in Europe). The French-British conflict started in Europe with England seeking to curtail Louis XIV’s expansionist ambitions, and ended only when Napoléon was defeated in Waterloo. The conflict evolved into a series of maritime wars between two European powers as they sought to expand their own empires at the expense of the other’s. These conflicts came to have a big impact on how English and French spread around the world.
This rivalry extended to North America, where the two nations had neighbouring colonies. From the time Samuel de Champlain founded New France in 1608, the French colony became caught in a colonial tug-of-war between England and France. Fighting was quick to erupt in North America, just like in Europe. But before the decisive battles, lands were constantly changing hands in smaller skirmishes. And as they went back and forth, place names often changed from French to English, and vice versa. During their common history on the continent, the French and English would regularly replace the names their predecessors used, especially in Acadia and the Hudson Bay area, and later in the “upper country,” which would become Upper Canada, then Ontario. So these preliminary hostilities affected little other than geographical names, although they did set the stage for the final showdown—the French and Indian War.
Dutch New York: The Dutch Settlements of North America
New Netherland to New York
English explorer Henry Hudson brought the region to the attention of the Netherlands in 1609 by sailing into New York Bay and up the river that would eventually bear his name.
New Netherland became a reality fourteen years later. The Dutch West India Company hoped to reap the profits of the area’s fur trade.
Languages that could be heard in the streets of New Amsterdam (Manhattan) include Dutch, French, Flemish, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, and several other European and African tongues.
After Charles II came to the throne, the English became very interested in the Dutch holdings. In 1664, he granted the land to his brother, the Duke of York, before officially owning it.
When a powerful English military unit appeared in New Amsterdam, Governor Stuyvesant was forced to surrender and New Netherland became New York.