Christopher: Christopher Columbus and Middle Class Wool-weaver Essay

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Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa (located in Italy today) in 1451 to Domenico Colombo, a middle class wool-weaver, and Susanna Fontanarossa. Little is known about his childhood, it is apparent that he was well-educated because he was able to speak several languages as an adult and had considerable knowledge of classical literature. In addition, he studied the works of Ptolemy and Marinus to name a few.

In my opinion, Christopher Columbus is a villain. Christopher Columbus is a villain because he dismissed new world cultures and he exploited natural resources. He was a Hero. Unless you were a native of the new world whose family was wiped out by the diseases that the Spaniards brought to them.

And then, yes, he is a hero to Spain because he re-discovered America for the Spanish, which led to their conquests in the Americas. This was a mixed blessing for them because they eventually lost this far-flung empire. He is a hero to the US because his brave exploration of the perilous ocean led to the founding of the country, albeit by the English. He is a hero who became a villain because as the first European to discover America, he began the subjugation of the natives who lived there.There is no real answer. It's all just a matter of debate. You could call him a hero, a villain, or both. In any event, he became historically very famous. He's a Hero. I think you're all missing the point. If he did not discover America we would probably not be here for a very long…