Essay about the Discovery of America

To consider what is the truth about the history of the discovery of America is quite complex, because although commonly in the West tends to think that Christopher Columbus was the discoverer of America, actually the people who crossed the Bering Strait During the last glacial period they were the one that really performed this feat for the first time.

The burning desire to find new lands

Much later, around the year 1000 of our era, Leif Ericson became the first man in the Old world to reach the eastern coast of Canada (Newfoundland), who sailed through Iceland and Greenland to reach Canada. Then, it was only on October 12, 1492, when Christopher Columbus went on to history as the character responsible for this great discovery. This article will deepen the fact from Christopher Columbus.

The idea of Christopher Columbus was to find a route to the land of the species, going from west to east, since the well-known silk route was dominated by the Ottoman Turks. Thus, in 1492 embarks on a trip (financed by the Spanish Crown) of 3 months from the port of Palos in Spain, to San Salvador (island that is now part of the Bahamas).

Despite this feat in the history of Mankind, Christopher Columbus, who always believed he had arrived in the East Indies, never knew that he had actually made the discovery of America. Later, other European discoverers continued with this story. This is how in the year 1500 Pedro Alvares Cabral discovers Brazil. Americo Vespucio Meanwhile, he realizes that what Columbus discovered was actually a great continent and not the arrival in the East Indies. Also other people like Samuel de Champalin, financed by France, begin the exploration of Canada.

Conflict and war strife over violent discoveries

A few years after the discovery of America and as a result of this feat in history, Great Ocean Expeditions began, which were aimed at discovering new wealth for the sponsoring nations. In the year 1520, Hernando de Magallanes crossed the Strait of his same name in South America, and in his expedition managed to circumnavigate the planet. However, the discovery of new worlds fueled tensions between European countries interested in riches. Consequently, as a result of this discovery, conflicts occurred during centuries between Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English.

The discovery of America meant that both Spain and Portugal, two poor countries until the year 1492, because they were just coming out of the Arab dominion in the Iberian Peninsula, became the main world powers during the 16TH century. So much so that it was Felipe II, King of Spain among the year 1556 to 1598, which pointed out that in the Spanish Empire never put the sun. On the other hand it meant that the “originating” peoples suffered the often inhuman subjugation of the discovering or conquering countries.

But beyond the beautiful or grandiose feats that the official story tells, the truth is that it was the worst massacre that has been recorded in the whole history of mankind, taking into account that whole nations were literally massacred to impose European reigns.

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Essay about the Discovery of America
Source: Education  
June 10, 2019

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