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Grosjean 1 Matt Grosjean Intro to Anthropology MWF 10-10:50 Professor Boyd Brown December 10, 2007 There are many discrepancies in the way that Columbus is portrayed by Koning in his book Columbus: His Enterprise and how he is portrayed by various authors of children’s books. This paper will compare and contrast how Columbus really acted in the events leading up to his adventurous voyage in 1492, during the voyage, upon reaching land and his following interactions with those islands’ native peoples, his return home, and his consequent voyages and returns. How and why authors try to convey Columbus in this heroic and prestigious manner and also the intentional distortion of Columbus and his journey to the American youth will also be examined. First of all, there are many differences between the youth oriented picture books and Koning’s biography, as can be expected, but the differences go beyond omitted information in the interests of children’s short attention spans and the rising number of cases of ADD and ADHD in this country. Much of the information conveyed to young students in these books range from true to tweaked or embellished facts to blatant and downright lies. Although the discrepancies between the children’s books researched and Hans Koning’s book are numerous and blatant, only a few of the most important inconsistencies will be discussed. The first, most blatant and most recognizable disparity between Koning’s version of Columbus’ journeys and Gross’, Adler’s, and McGovern’s (hereafter referred to as the children’s authors when referred to as a group) is the light in which Columbus is portrayed. In the books written by the children’s authors, Columbus is portrayed in a
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Grosjean 2 very positive, heroic, and laudable light. The Adler book portrays Columbus as very modest, always wearing a friar’s outfit and saying his prayers along with the crew. In reality, Columbus did not don a friar’s outfit until just after his second voyage when the world saw him as a failure because he was unable to bring home the mountains of gold which he had promised to the country (Koning 92). Also, Adler never showed any wrongdoings that Columbus committed against the Indians. He shows the Indians conversing and communicating with Columbus congenially and pointing to where they believed Columbus could find more gold and other treasures that he sought. In sharp contrast to Koning’s critical view of Columbus, upon Columbus’ return to Europe, McGovern goes so far as to say, “There was no greater hero in the land than Christopher Columbus. Everywhere he went, great crowds lined the way. ‘There is the man who sailed to the Indies and back!” they shouted. “There is the man who found gold!” (McGovern 57). The last exclamation is particularly contradicting because Columbus found no gold in the new world, or at least not enough gold worth mentioning. Except to Columbus, he liked to mention the numerous gold fields and gold mines that
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