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Columbuss discovery of America is seen as one of the most significant episode of our history Tzvetan Todorov the conquest of America wrote The conquest of America heralds and establishes our present identity The discovery of America certainly captured the European imagination and Columbus was viewed as a hero explorer Oviedo in his natural history of the West Indies 1526 viewed Columbus as a brave and wise sailor and courageous captain he showed us to this New World which is so full of gold that thousands of such statues could have been made out of the gold that is sent to Spain But he is still worthy of fame and glory for having brought the catholic faith to these parts America was viewed as hidden in having no place in human history until being uncovered by European initiative Possession of America was followed by the renaming of the land European centred names were given such as New England and New Spain this represented the feelings of superiority of the people of Europe at the time Early European perceptions of the New World in relation to other cultures can be observed by looking at how Europeans reacted to the native Arawak people The ambivalence about America and its peoples Is displayed in two different accounts in the form of paintings and books usually constructed by people who had never visited America in the first view its was seen as a wonder The mountains and hills the plains and meadow lands are both fertile and beautiful Columbus Many people found a striking nobility in the people of the New World Rousseau in his Discourse on the origin of inequality 1754 argued we have degenerated from a happy simple life into one characterised by greed and inequality the noble savage is a reminder of what we once were In his work Rousseau sets out to define society he argues that at our core humans are
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