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Annamarie Sysling American Lit Scott Slawinski Paper No. 1 Columbus and Winthrop: American Value of Determination Transformed Through  Religion Exploration of the unknown lands was a popular tactic to expand the borders of European  countries from the 15 th  to 17 th  centuries, these explorations and sometime discoveries required  much documenting to prove the legitimacy of explorers’ findings.  Christopher Columbus and John  Winthrop, two men from significantly contrasting countries and time periods both documented  their advances; and based on letters and journal entries it is nothing short of obvious that both men  deeply valued determination; a key component in the quintessential “good American citizen”.  However, during the lapse of time between Columbus and Winthrop, religion experienced a  monumental revolution thus greatly transforming the mentality and morale of explorers as well as  the motives behind European expansionism as a whole. While Columbus did show determination  on a personal level, it seems that his willpower to capture and claim his findings was more for the  sake of national pride amongst Spain. In contrast, Winthrop, who also valued determination,  portrayed this value through his love of religion and relentless determination to redeem and convert  all who did not practice Puritanism in the new world.  Columbus’ “Letter to Luis de Santagel Regarding the First Voyage” was written in 1493  and is largely composed of aesthetic details describing a place similar to paradise where “the  nightingale was singing” (Columbus 33) and “trees of a thousand kinds and tall, seem to touch the  1
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Annamarie Sysling American Lit Scott Slawinski Paper No. 1 sky” (Columbus 33).  Although Columbus’ ethnocentric ways (characteristic of Spanish explorers  of the time) surface when he immediately bestows a Spanish name to every island he discovers, he  does not seem nearly as religion-obsessed as puritan Winthrop. During the time of Columbus’  existence it is important to note that the Spanish were on the brink of mandatory religious  conformity as a result of devout Catholics Ferdinand and Isabella coming into power. During their 
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course AMERICAN L 3200 taught by Professor Slawinski during the Spring '08 term at Western Michigan.

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