Christopher Columbus is the most well known explorer by most school age children. When children are young, teachers tell them that Columbus was a very good person, a hero even. To be politically correct though, Christopher Columbus brought death and destruction with him to the Americas. He stole , killed, and tortured the natives. Christopher Columbus was not a true explorer, but he was a conqueror of people. When Christopher Columbus set out on his voyage(August 3rd, 1492) to find a new route to the Indies there was no way that he could know that it would turn out the way it did.
When he landed at the Caribbean Islands(October 12th, 1492), the people there were scared, but still friendly toward him. This next quote is from Columbus' journal: "As I saw that they were very friendly to us, and perceived that they could be much more easily converted to our holy faith by gentle means than by force,… Weapons they have none, nor are acquainted with them, for I showed them swords which they grasped by the blades, and cut themselves through ignorance…
. But they seemed on the whole to me, to be a very poor people. They all go completely naked, even the women,..
. I was very attentive to them, and strove to learn if they had any gold. Seeing some of them with little bits of this metal hanging at their noses" As you can see it was very easy for Columbus to take them over and treat them badly bec! ause they had no protection. That is a good example to show how cruel Columbus could act toward people he knew couldn't fight back. This is one proof of Christopher Columbus being a conqueror. In the movie we watched in class, it told us how Columbus was just out to get gold, and riches. He ordered the natives to proclaim him governor of the lands. Since he was governor he made a law that said the natives had to bring him one bag of gold dust every three months.
If they did not give him this gold(simply because their was…
Christopher Columbus never ate fries. How come? Because there was not fries at that time. And there was not any in Europe. You could not buy them. There were only potatoes in the Andes in imperial Inca.
He never went to the Andes. Other exploreres went to the mountains later and saw a great civilization. The treasure that was most important was not gold or silver but was the humble potato. The Incas had many varieties of potatoes. Thefirst potatoes were very small. The Indians cultivated the potato for 750 years. Now technology has instant potatoes. The Incas have an interesting system.
They put them out side the house over night to freeze them. In the morning with the heat of the sun, they would defrost. Then the Incas with their fingers extract the water (sometimes with feet like making wine). After they would grind them into flour. In this way, they have food all year. The potato is also called the "patata". "Papa " is that name in "quechua" that is the language of the Incas. When Christopher Columbus arrived in America, he described the islands of the Caribbean and the sweet potato the Spanish called "batata".
And it became popular. When the potato arrived in Europe, with years of talk and confusion with the "patata" in America we still use the name "papa" given by the Incas. Sir Walter Raleigh brought the potato to Ireland to fight hunger. One of the many legends of the potato tell us that when he brought some potatoes to queen Elizabeth of England ate the leaves not the potato. And said it was horrible. Nobody knew that the queen ate the leaves not the potato. The potato did not become popular.
In Scotland, it was evil because they were not mentioned in the bible. People in France consider it poisonous. In 1750 Federico, the great ordered the cultivating of the potato in the kingdom. He had to go to the balcony of his palace and eat potatoes to conv..