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Unformatted text preview: Montaigne think that Europeans can learn about themselves by examining the cannibals' way of life? Does Columbus share with Montaigne this sense that Europeans have something important to learn about themselves from their encounter with the peoples of the Americas? What is mainly of interest about the peoples of the Americas to Columbus? Montaigne says he had wished he had met these people earlier because they are very smart. He says that they can learn a lot from these people. That they had great architecture, cotton beds, and wood so hard that they could cut with it. Columbus does not necessarily think Europeans can learn a lot from the Americans, he thinks they are very simple minded and not nearly technologically advanced as the Europeans are. Columbus is interested in their religion and some of the things they make but mainly converting them to be servants and teaching them the ideals of Christianity....
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- Spring '06
- Americas, Equals sign, Indigenous peoples of the Americas