"In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Most of you remember this little rhyme from grade school to recall the year Christopher Columbus "discovered" America. As we discussed in class, there are conflicting opinions about the impact of his discovery. The cultural collision, known as the Columbian Exchange, that occurred when the East (Native Americans) met the West (the Europeans) had a profound impact on both cultures. Is he a hero who carried Christian civilization across the Atlantic Ocean, or is he linked to conquest and imperialism? (If you don't know what imperialism is look it up in the glossary of your text, or use the web) Read through your notes and ch 1, section 4 (pgs 22-26) of your text to answer the following questions.
Part of being a historian is having the ability to analyze written sources. How does your text portray the story of Christopher Columbus and the impact of his "discovery?" Does your text mention anything about conquest, domination, heroism, or the start of the slave trade? Be sure to explain your answer, as well as use information from your notes and the text to support your decision. Your answer should be at least 15 lines (not sentences). Answer in complete sentences and use specific information from the book, but do not plagiarize.
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