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1492 Conquest of Paradise The misrepresentation of the Film The movie Conquest of Paradise is very inaccurate in its portrayal of Christopher Columbus and what he brought to the so called New World The movie shows Columbus to be the first person to discover America and to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it is known that others had accomplished this miracle years before he did Also the movie doesnt completely show the difficulty of the first voyage and the fears of the never reaching land after losing wind Third the movie shows the Spaniards and the Natives getting along peacefully and as one when in actuality the Natives were very unfairly mistreated Lastly the movie only shows the good things that Columbus brought to the islands and doesnt show how diseases were brought by the Spaniards The movie portrays Columbus to be the first person to set foot on the Americas which is not true Fabers writes Other explorers notably Norsemen from Norway Greenland and Iceland touched the shores of America many years before Columbus More importantly when Columbus first came ashore he was greated by people he called Indians How could anyone discover a land where people already lived ix Although Columbus was the first to cross the ocean and keep a written journal of his day to day travels many give him far too much credit and mistake him to be the discoverer America In the movie Conquest of Paradise the first voyage is shown much shorter and simpler than it was In Roger Eberts review of Conquest of Paradise he says What disappoints me a little about Scotts version is that he seems to hurry past Columbus actual voyage of discovery There is intrigue in the Old World and adventure and violence in the New but the crucial journey that links them seems reduced to its simplest terms The three ships sail the crews grow restless Columbus quiets them and then land
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