Monday, March 17, 2014

Analysis of The Four Voyages by Christopher Columbus

For a review of The Four Voyages, go HERE.

This title counts toward my History Reading Challenge hosted by Fanda @ Fanda Classiclit, and she has posted some great questions for consideration. 

Who is the story about?  

This story is about Cristoforo Colombo and his quest, zeal, and perseverance to explore and prove his ideas about a better route to the Indies, for spices, gold, and riches (to be presented to the Monarchy of Spain) and to spread the Christian (Catholic) faith.

Columbus Day Parade in NYC
What challenges did he face, and who or what caused them?  

Violent storms of nature; lack of supplies because of distance from Spain; sinful men with prideful, lustful, violent hearts; rotting ships; inability to communicate with natives due to language barrier; and the usual hunger, sickness, and death, were the challenges Columbus faced. 

Columbus Day parade
What does it mean to be human?  

I think this story demonstrates man’s persistence and determination to explore, discover, and prove himself right.  Maybe it was pride that motivated Columbus because he was overly confident that he had found a new way to the coveted Indies.

Why do things go wrong?  

Like I said in my review, if I did not know any better, I would argue that God was against any more exploration of the islands by Spain because of sinfulness.  By the fourth voyage, long and violent storms made the passage to the islands so difficult, that the only thing Columbus could do was try to survive. 

The immorality of the men was rampant: some men disobeyed Columbus and committed crimes against the natives, causing a loss of trust, especially after Columbus used caution to establish trust; some men rebelled against Columbus because they were tired, sick, and hungry and wanted to return to Spain immediately; or other men were desirous of riches or power and stirred up wickedness against Columbus to take control of the expedition.  All of these events worked against the Admiral.

Typical ignorant propaganda
What is the end of the history? 

In the beginning, before finding favor with Queen Isabella, Columbus was regarded as a madman with outlandish claims; but after his first voyage, other nations were regretful of rejecting him and were more willing now to grant supplies to anyone asking to explore new lands.

In the end, Columbus was deserted and rejected as a madman; he never found a quicker, less dangerous route to the Indies, although it may have been believed that he did reach Asia.  And he did not return with shiploads of gold and spices, as promised.  But while he died sickly, exhausted, and dejected, he is still regarded as an important man in history.

Because of Columbus

Columbus initiated and inspired vigorous exploration of the West.  He complained about governments being overly zealous to give anyone, without experience or knowledge, permission to explore unchartered territories by sea.  

Because of Columbus, Spain dominated exploration and conquered most of South America, with Portugal focusing on Brazil.  Hence, much of that continent is connected to Spain – its history, language, and culture.  Meanwhile, Britain, France, and the Dutch focused on North America, and the United States and Canada can draw its roots to those nations.  

Today, countries in the Americas celebrate Columbus, and Italians think of Columbus Day as an Italian holiday because of his Italian heritage.  

Italians celebrate Columbus Day in America
Unfortunately, the world has an agenda

Unfortunately, his memory is being defiled by lies and hate because some people are eager to make a point; but they have no idea what they are arguing.  Those who control the media, textbooks, and what is taught in schools are more concerned with pushing a social agenda instead of learning to thoroughly examine the truth.  

Removing the Columbus statue in Venezuela 
My soapbox

God permitted Europe to discover, influence, and populate the Americas.  This is the way of the world under God's Hand, and He commanded man to spread out and populate the earth. By the way, He set the boundaries of the nations, long before any of us were here.  

But man is sinful; even the aggressive native tribes abused, raped, stole, enslaved, and wiped out whole weaker populations before Columbus even sailed. The problem is not a European problem brought to the Americas by Columbus; the problem is man and his sinful heart.  It always is, and it will always be.

Those who preach the end of hate,
are always doing what they can to propagate it.
Post Script

Have you seen Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," about the declining Mayan civilization in Guatemala? The Mayans were the cause of their own annihilation.  Upper-class, wealthy, powerful Mayans enslaved and sacrificed the poor, lower masses; they waged war, destroyed villages, and ravaged the environment.  

In the final three minutes of the film, the main character, a poor Mayan, has escaped typical human sacrifice, and he is running for his life.  The two aggressive, pursuing men are trying to capture and kill him.  As they come to the beach, they witness the arrival of the first Spanish conquistadors.  Because the Mayans were destroying themselves from the inside, their civilization was vulnerable to and ripe for conquest from the outside.   

War, murder, rape, theft, greed, oppression, conquest, slavery, etc. have always existed in every civilization; but some have a romantic view of native people and are determined to perpetuate this untruth, even if they have to spread lies and hate about one single man. But even after they destroy Columbus, they will never be satisfied because Columbus is not really the issue; and the real problem - man's sinful heart - will still remain.

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