He should be judged strictly by today's standards and mores.
Somewhere in the middle. (Please elaborate)
He should be judged by the standards and more of the time in which he lived.
As a murdering ****. Even in his time, his actions were found reprehensible by even the Spanish Crown later on. Though he did mostly get a slap on the wrist.
History is full of men that did terrible and great things and were larger than life after their deaths or sometimes during their lives. Columbus isn't all that great at much other than his voyage changed human history, which is more a matter of getting there first than doing anything genuinely productive afterwards.
It's not something I give much thought to and I find people that feel the need to bring it up every goddamn Columbus day to make themselves seem smarter and historically....adept are just bloody annoying. There's worse men in history and you don't see people faulting Mongolia for its' huge statue of Genghis Khan, and Columbus was a mere pup compared to him -- both selective reading and selective memory are an art form. I saw some dumb Salon headline calling North America a crime scene while recollecting Columbus' crimes, the whole damn crime world is a crime scene, just a basic understanding shows that the only unique about the tragedies of the Americas is that it took place on the other side of the ocean in the North and South American continents.
If it's worth anything, I wouldn't care if Columbus Day were replaced with something more....wholesome as I said on another thread about everyone's favorite explorer.
It's all of little importance to me in the long run though.
On a lighter note.....
Last edited by Van Basten; 10-14-14 at 02:20 PM.
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