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Columbus is considered to be one of the greatest American heroes of all time Many authors have written accounts of Columbus voyage to the Americas whether positive or negative One such account has been written by John Garrity in the textbook American History Two of the points that Garrity discusses in his account are Columbus motives for making his journey to the New World and Columbus interactions with the Native people However Garritys account omits several key components of these two issues including Columbus true motives and the darker side of his encounters with the Natives To the average American the motives behind Columbus search for a new route to China and the Indies were honourable however there is considerable evidence to the contrary The motives that Garrity gives for Columbus journey include the acquisition of fame and fortune for finding a western route to China and the Indies to find gold and to earn the title of Admiral of the Ocean Sea as granted to him by King Fernidad and Queen Isabella of Spain These are only a small portion of what Columbus was to receive if he was successful in his journey The contract between Columbus and Fernidad and Isabella signed in 1492 indicates that Columbus motives were rooted in a desire for power and great material wealth Columbus was to be ennobled and receive the title of Don in addition he would also be given the titles of Viceroy and Admiral of the Sea Columbus was to become the Admiral and Spains Governor-General to all of the islands and mainlands that he discovered during his lifetime He was also granted the power to appoint officials to government in these lands Columbus was also guaranteed ten percent of all wealth acquired within the western ocean This share of the profits was to be granted to himself and his heirs for life in addition his heirs were to receive the titles of Admiral and
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