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How do Americans really feel about Christopher Columbus? I have been hearing people just hating on the dude but I personally feel conflicted. I mean how can I hate someone who I am benefitting of from daily just by living here? Yes he did horrible things to the Native Americans and there is no excuse for that and he should opted for a more peaceful resolution than mass slaughter. I live in America and if it wasn't for Christopher Columbus I might not be here. I feel the only ones who can truly hate on Christopher Columbus is the Native Americans (for obvious reasons) and people who live in other countries. I don't want to party on Christopher Columbus day but I also don't want to shun him.
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Beyond what they learn in school, do Americans really give much thought to Columbus? Or is it more "Hey, its a day off" when he rolls around?

As for benefiting daily; I think its fine to acknowledge that your ancestors benefited from his actions but Columbus was a few hundred years ago now so you don't owe the guy anything. Let alone owe him a cover for all the terrible things he did. There's many awful people in history whom we benefited from. It doesn't make them less awful or absolve them of their sins.

I mean, Thomas Edison use to publicly electrocute dogs and released a film wherein a circus elephant was tortured to death. But it doesn't mean you have to stop watching movies. Nor do you have to gloss over his history of animal torture because you like movies.


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He's celebrated for making a major navigational error and getting stupidly lucky in finding a landmass anyway. Paving the way for European expansion into the Americas doesn't give him a free pass on all the other shit he did.
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Most Americans don't give a damn about the guy.
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I agree with Tenek. Most people don't really give a shit.
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I don't really think much about him. Of course I've studied about him but eh. I don't think people should be hating on him tho. Sure he made a lot of mistakes( like with the Indians) but he did help in making America known so I'm grateful for that
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Vastly incompetent as a navigator, it seems. I mean, who mistakes the Native Americans for Indian residents? You have to be one dumb mother#[email protected]!er to have made such a mistake.
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Well, Given there weren't any accurate sources at the time I can see the confusion on pigment alone as they are similar. But what I can't understand is the confusion in culture. Maybe he thought he found isolated Indians who were different?

Regardless, Columbus was ruthless and dehumanizing to people where ever he went. That's a documented fact. Columbus did little in the way of discovery beyond making the endeavor something that was taken seriously to the wealthy in Europe.
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Humored in thinking that Nordic tribes probably explored much more of North America than Columbus ever did, centuries earlier.
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Indifferent.
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Kinda hot
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I appreciate that his "discovery" stuck, but I think he was a prick who deserved getting his dues from his own king and queen. I do think that his contributions tend to be exaggerated. I do not, however, agree with a lot of the recent shit he's getting, particularly since, when he was alive, he was grossly humiliated for his crimes. I do not agree with using the long-dead to validate vendettas, either. All of that said; for the most part, most Americans, including myself, don't usually put much thought to him and prefer to focus on the excuse to party and whatnot.
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I have a negative opinions toward Colmbus for multiple reasons. The first is his great cruelty toward the friendly Native Americans who recuse him and allow him to spread his discovery of America to Europea. The second is his ideas to exploit the Natives for their kindness and their good physical traits (he did openly express this salvage idea in his public writing). The third is his thievery of credits of discoveries from other people other than his establishment of public contact between the European kings and America.


qwueri wrote:

He's celebrated for making a major navigational error and getting stupidly lucky in finding a landmass anyway. Paving the way for European expansion into the Americas doesn't give him a free pass on all the other shit he did.


I should also add that some Europeans may be secretly trading with the Native Americans before Christopher Columbus as implied by the royal French report of their first contact with the Native Americas.
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I personally am not bothered in the slightest by the actions of a man born before my great-grandfather. I do however call into question his wardrobe choices.
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well my people were already in the states, but for those others who came, then nope if it wasn't for an accidental discovery the states would have not been found when it did, but this world has so much water it would have eventually been found, probably by someone else I'm sure. as for what Columbus did, I can't think of many past folks who haven't done something which today's world deems wrong, but, in all honesty, I don't see things like that. the past is the past, we should move on, remember and forgive. we live in this era, not in those. for the most part of course, most countries are living in the modern/present era.
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