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Richard Knowlton Iberian Civilization 6/10/7 Christopher Colombus: A Hero or Villain? When someone claims that Christopher Columbus was a strong-willed visionary with a initiative there won't be much fuss about it. However, debating whether or not he should be dubbed a hero or a villain is back and forth. After gaining approval and funding from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus set out in search of the Eastern Passage to the Orient, namely to India, on August 3, 1492. With him he took roughly eighty or so men on three ships, the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Some two months later, land was sighted and Columbus set foot on what he had thought was an island off of India; he called it San Salvador. The indigenous people he met were of a simple culture and were hospitable towards the explorer and his men. Columbus returned to Spain in the early months of the following year leaving behind a garrison of men on another island that had been discovered dubbed Hispaniola (which we know today as Haiti and the Domincan Republic). What he brought back with him were stories of fertile land, rich spices, and rivers lined heavy
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course SPAN 220 taught by Professor Mcclennen during the Summer '07 term at Penn State.

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