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Does the progress of humanity ignited by Columbus justify the cost of the lives of the Native Americans No human progress is not justified by the cost of Native American lives The Native Americans died due to the greed of Columbus By killing the Native Americans Columbus did not aid the progress of humans This can be seen by the way Columbus took credit for discovering land first then ordering his men to kill the Arawaks of the Bahamas like the Native Americans of America when they refused to trade with them and also when Columbus found no gold on his journey he took the Natives as slaves The text A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn tells the story of a sailor named Rodrigo who saw the land The first man to see land would get a pension of 10000 gold pieces Rodrigo saw land but never got the money because Columbus claimed that he had seen land the night before so he got the reward This is a good example of how Columbus greed is wrong This example is not affiliated with the death of anyone but it does show that Columbus did not care who he stepped on to get what he wanted Since he took the money away from someone who had less money than him it is evident that he only cared about himself and therefore would not care about the death of a few underlings One could argue that Columbus really did see land the night before and that he was telling the truth but if the ships traveled throughout the night without stopping then it would be impossible for Columbus to have seen the land the night before When Columbus arrived in the Bahamas he was actually try to find a shortcut to Asia the Arawaks traded most of their supplies to him and his men After a while Columbus took
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