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Columbus was a hero and a villain He is a hero because he found the Americas for the Old World consisting of Africa Europe and Asia This discovery allowed for more trade between the two very different lands On the other hand he is a villain for treating the Natives ruthlessly and for abusing them Columbus is a hero because he discovered the Americas for the Old World and allowed the two worlds to meet Document A says that in a sense he made it all happen referring to American History Before Columbus no one except the un-talked about trip of the Vikings had been daring enough to go out and find the route to Asia Columbus didnt find what he was looking for instead he found the Americas Now the Europeans and the Native Americans could learn from each other This resulted in more trade between the two groups Both wanted to get things from each other that they had never seen or heard of before They traded foods tools and technologies The Europeans could now eat foods like corn and potatoes and the Indians were introduced to sugar This transfer of goods and ideas is called the Columbian Exchange and is talked about on Page 69 of the American Nation textbook Columbuss discovery lead to trade and this allowed people to learn about and see new things for the first time in their lives The first Conquest of the Americas was when Columbus took over the land of the Tainos Many more tribes and empires would soon follow in their footsteps Columbus came to the Americas with the intent of seizing the Indian lands and converting the heathens to Christianity According to Document E Discovery also cost the Native Americans their land The Europeans felt they had the right to take the lands away from the Natives and that they were justified in doing so some thought it was ok just
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