Celebrating Columbus

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Christopher Columbus, the most famous explorer in history, was once a celebrated hero. Now, many consider him a villain, a despoiler of paradise. So which version of Columbus is true? Michael Knowles answers this question and offers some much-needed historical perspective.
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He ventured where no other man of his age dared to go. He saw things no other man of his age had ever seen. He discovered a New World.
For centuries, he was universally admired as a hero. Now he’s widely considered to be a despoiler of paradise, an enslaver, and a genocidal maniac.
I’m talking, of course, about Christopher Columbus. So which is true? Is he a hero-or a villain?
The truth is complicated, as the truth often is-especially when you have to go back 500 years to find it. But let’s try to get as close as we can.
Columbus was born in 1451 in the port city of Genoa, Italy. At a time when birth often determined destiny, his origins were entirely unremarkable. His father was a middle-class wool weaver who expected his son to follow the same path. But Columbus had different plans. The Age of Discovery was dawning. The future belonged to the bold. And the bold went to sea.
By the time he turned 30, Columbus had sailed to Iceland, Ireland, and Africa. Somewhere on his many voyages, he became obsessed with the idea that there was a westward sea route from Europe to India. But there were no maps to consult, only wild rumors of sea monsters and endless ocean.
He put together the 15th-century version of a PowerPoint presentation for the king of Portugal, then the world’s leading sea power. But the king, heeding the advice of his experts, turned him down. It simply couldn’t be done, the experts told the king. It was pure speculation, and an expensive one at that.
So Columbus took his plans to Spain. But King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella weren’t interested either-at least, not at first.
Columbus persevered. After eight years, they finally relented. They gave the explorer three small ships. There was a time when every schoolkid knew their names-the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria-and the year in which Columbus set sail: 1492.
Except for a compass and the stars, Columbus had virtually no navigation tools at his disposal. He was, to mix metaphors, flying blind. He was heading west. That’s about all he knew.
Once the ships left the Canary Islands, they were on their own. His crews stayed loyal for the first week, but by the third week, they had lost their nerve. Columbus, however, never lost his. By sheer force of will, he kept his men in line.
Finally, after 10 long weeks at sea, on the night of October 11, Columbus spotted land.
He called it San Salvador. Today we know it as the Bahamas.
There Columbus and his men encountered the Taino tribe. The first encounter between Europe and the Americas went well. The Taino were curious and helpful. Columbus was emphatic that his crew treat them with kindness and respect.
Lest you think that Columbus stumbled on the Garden of Eden, the islands were also inhabited by the Caribs, a tribe of cannibals for whom, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Samuel Eliot Morison, babies were a delicacy-or, in Morison’s words, “a...toothsome morsel.” Like every place else on Earth, in every time in history, the local peoples were a mixed bag. Some good, some not so good.
Upon his return to Spain, word of the Italian explorer’s successful voyage quickly spread throughout Europe. A New World had been discovered, and the Old World would never be the same.
Columbus was a man meant for the sea. On land, he was easily outmaneuvered and betrayed by professional politicians and bureaucrats. It is on their dubious, self-serving accounts that modern attacks on Columbus’s reputation are based. In his own day, these attacks made the explorer’s life a misery.
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si91 19 цагийн өмнө
The problem here is that the video insists that it is wrong to judge someone who lived 500 years ago by today's standards, when Columbus was awful even by the standards of the time. His own Spanish patrons put him in jail for his atrocities against the natives. His own contemporary, the priest Bartolome de las Casas condemned Spanish treatment of the enslaved natives, and even gave up his own slaves, something that Columbus didn't do. One cannot have it both ways. You can't celebrate Columbus for bringing "Western civilization to the Western hemisphere" while simultaneously insisting that he was practicing slavery, as every civilization in history has done - what then did Columbus bring that you are celebrating but more of the same? Columbus had no role in bringing any of the positive aspects of Western civilization. Moreover, the fact that there were atrocities that were committed against the natives long after Columbus only strengthens the case against him, because he set the stage for all of that. Additionally, saying that he did not invent slavery and therefore should not be condemned for practicing it is particularly asinine. Imagine if we tried that with Stalin, Hitler or Mao - "Well, they didn't invent gulags or concentration camps, or re-education camps!" Dismissing criticism against him "as dubious and self-serving" is particularly absurd given that the video then cites Columbus' own defense of his actions - which is by definition self-serving, especially since it offers no actual explanation for what he did, only a petulant insistence that his "bravery" somehow absolves him of all sins. How do we know Columbus himself wasn't "dubious and self-serving?" Condemning him and his holiday isn't indicative of a broken moral compass. It is those who defend him on illogical and dubious grounds who need to explain themselves. Western Civilization was celebrated long before Columbus and will continue to be long after his holiday is discarded. Indeed, the condemnation of Columbus is based on Western values - condemnation of slavery, colonialism, and oppression is a distinctly Western value system.
Tudorific Petrutiu
Tudorific Petrutiu 20 цагийн өмнө
I hope everyone who watches this vid and those at prageru see BadEmpanada's response to this, plus all his other videos on this subject. Just dismantles all this Columbus apologism..
The Guardian Monke
The Guardian Monke 22 цагийн өмнө
The target audience for this video: children and man children.
am info
am info Өдрийн өмнө
columbus was stupid he tried to go to india thought it was japan when it actually was cuba
am info
am info Өдрийн өмнө
if you have a problem with a genocidal maniac that on you
Shane Kyiretwie
Shane Kyiretwie Өдрийн өмнө
here's a little known fact: the "new world" was never new, the old world and new world went through Pangea too.
smile444 Өдрийн өмнө
Debunked : mnpost.info/zone/nMDfpLSVn9uleWE/video
Nathan O'Keefe
Nathan O'Keefe Өдрийн өмнө
"They were very well built, with very handsome bodies and very good faces....They do not carry arms or know them....They should be good servants.” - Columbus
Joseph Quinn
Joseph Quinn Өдрийн өмнө
Wish you could’ve mentioned that Columbus sailed East by going west because the Ottoman Empire’s Barbary Pirates were enslaving ships sailing the sea routes they had sanctions on.
John McCrae
John McCrae Өдрийн өмнө
BadEmpanada made an excellent response to this. mnpost.info/zone/nMDfpLSVn9uleWE/video Enjoy
Purp_SSB 2 өдрийн өмнө
I kidnapped my neighbor at gunpoint and chained him to my stove, and now he cooks and does my dishes for me. But it’s ok, since I didn’t invent slavery.
Stret173 2 өдрийн өмнө
When we celebrate colanubs day we celebrate a well known by his contemporaries as a horible person guy that is loved and promoted by slave owners and trade sharks throughout history so much that to bleach his ugly mut, to defend his evermissing honor comes to pose in condecending stance a billionaire backed propaganda "institute".
Stret173 2 өдрийн өмнө
columbis diary on their first meeting "He said that the previous Sunday, 11 November, it had seemed to him a good idea to capture some of the people from that river and to take them to the monarchs to learn our language, so that we would know what there is in this land and so that on their return they could act as interpreters for the Christians and adopt our customs and faith. For I have seen and recognise (says the Admiral) that these people have no religion, nor are they idolaters, rather they are very gentle and know nothing of evil, nor murder nor theft nor weapons, and so timorous that a hundred of them flee from one of our people even though they may only be teasing them. Because without doubt there is in these lands a huge amount of gold and not without reason do these Indians I have with me say that there are in these islands places where they dig up gold and wear it at the neck and from the ears and in very thick bracelets on their arms and legs. And there are also pearls and precious stones and an infinity of spices. And by this river of Mares which I left last night there is without doubt a huge quantity of mastic, and more if one cared to produce more, for the trees take well when planted, they are large and there are many of them and they have leaves like a lentisk and fruit too, except that it is larger, both the trees and the leaves, as Pliny says95 and I have seen on the island of Chios in the Archipelago." YEEEEEEAAAAH HES THERE JUST TO BE FRIENDLY YYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH
Slavic Science
Slavic Science 2 өдрийн өмнө
Did you know how true it is? And how it changed my mind about Columbus? Thanks PragerU! Click this link to know more! mnpost.info/zone/nMDfpLSVn9uleWE/video
Michael Weston
Michael Weston 2 өдрийн өмнө
Dog Voter
Dog Voter 2 өдрийн өмнө
Jesus said love everyone
Stret173 2 өдрийн өмнө
Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulshiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. As always, tho.
James O'Blivion
James O'Blivion 2 өдрийн өмнө
"Sure, he did slavery, but he didn't INVENT slavery. And there were atrocities, but mostly after he was dead." So...he's not responsible for slavery because someone else started it, and he's not responsible for the atrocities he did start because others carried them on after he was dead? Funny how, consistent standards be damned, everything is just someone else's responsibility, and never his. Oh PragerU, you so stupid. 😆
Cosmic Nihilist
Cosmic Nihilist Өдрийн өмнө
What do u expect from a YT channel that calls itself a "university"? Fascists have a slogan "Me Ne Frego" roughly translated to "I don't care" & that summarises this channel very well.
Solafein 2 өдрийн өмнө
What is the point of *celebrating* today some petty (and sadistic) tyrant of the past
cryptocerebral 2 өдрийн өмнө
What’s next Prager💩 “Celebrating der Führer”?
InTrancedState 19 цагийн өмнө
"Can't judge someone who lived so long ago by today's standards" the idiots in the comments will probably say. Or something like forget history repeat it or some dumb shit
cryptocerebral 2 өдрийн өмнө
@Gerardo Resendiz, BTY, here’s a thorough, evidence-based take down of the mendacious drivel in the video, showing exactly the kind of monster Columbus was: mnpost.info/zone/nMDfpLSVn9uleWE/video
cryptocerebral 2 өдрийн өмнө
@Gerardo Resendiz, if the Nazi shoe fits ...
Gerardo Resendiz
Gerardo Resendiz 2 өдрийн өмнө
argumentum ad Hitlerum
a s b
a s b 2 өдрийн өмнө
The part where they say that Columbus is now refiled as a colonizer, and slaver and despoiler are true because we no longer believe propagandistic nationalist lies about our history which are meant to justify the horrors of the past.
Burton K Richard
Burton K Richard 2 өдрийн өмнө
It’s funny to me that they say u can’t judge Columbus by today’s standards. Then also say the island also had cannibals who ate babies. You judging them in today’s standards. Maybe cannibalism was socially acceptable you can’t know it was 500 years ago. Holes in your logic. Also most US citizens are questioning why we celebrate him when he never landed in the United States. Like let the Bahamas choose to celebrate him.
DerGuteHut 3 цагийн өмнө
Just for the record...Columbus and his actions where heavily criticized by his peers...including his Superiors. Many of them thought he was too cruel.
Shane Kyiretwie
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sando can
sando can 2 өдрийн өмнө
if you liked this video then you need some schooling by badempanada mnpost.info/zone/nMDfpLSVn9uleWE/video
Rinnegan of Rage
Rinnegan of Rage 2 өдрийн өмнө
The Big Bad Empanada
swordbellums 2 өдрийн өмнө
pathetic. mnpost.info/zone/nMDfpLSVn9uleWE/video
João Tomás
João Tomás 2 өдрийн өмнө
Hey, good see a BadEmpanada fan here
KeNsHiRo MuRuGi
KeNsHiRo MuRuGi 2 өдрийн өмнө
This is one of the most misleading historically inaccurate video I have watched on this channel. Sad to see. Unsubbed. Shame on you.
InTrancedState 19 цагийн өмнө
You were subscribed in the first place and didn't realize Prager u is straight propaganda???
The Asian Boy
The Asian Boy Өдрийн өмнө
You've finally awaken. Good
j00sh 2 өдрийн өмнө
Agustín Ortega
Agustín Ortega 2 өдрийн өмнө
BoraCM 2 өдрийн өмнө
I came here from the response video by BadEmpanada. I wanted to watch this video first.
Adar 2 өдрийн өмнө
My man over here straight up rewriting history
A nice name
A nice name 2 өдрийн өмнө
The first letter Columbus sent to the Royal Family, mere two days after his arrival, essentially said: "Good, kind-hearted people here, could totally enslave them if we wanted too. Lol, jk unless?? Wink wink, nudge". And this pathetic channel celebrates this man.
The Guardian Monke
The Guardian Monke 22 цагийн өмнө
Finally someone with common sense.
Jorge Balata
Jorge Balata 2 өдрийн өмнө
Aleluia someone with a brain, the dude in the video wants to have it both ways (we cant judge poeple 500 years ago by modern standarts) but we should celebrate him as the greatest explorer of all time ?? The man got everything wrong about how big the space between europe and asia was, he found a continent by pure luck , he was an average explorer at best. Fernão Magalhães and his 5 ships went on to circumnaviage the whole world on a trip that lasted for 3 years, how is going from the canary islands to the caribean more impressive?? And after all of this he just glanses over the all the written accounts Bartolome de las Casas who was priest that documented the shit him and his men did which were horrific and he was even arrested by a spasnish governour in one of the island for inhumane widepread crimes.
Ignacio Reyes
Ignacio Reyes 2 өдрийн өмнө
Surprised to see a comment like this in this cesspool
That Dude Over There
That Dude Over There 2 өдрийн өмнө
Justin Solly
Justin Solly 3 өдрийн өмнө
That Dude Over There
That Dude Over There 2 өдрийн өмнө
Francisco Casiano
Francisco Casiano 3 өдрийн өмнө
Veit Dalee
Veit Dalee 3 өдрийн өмнө
fascist kindergarten lesson? How dumb do you think your audience is?
A nice name
A nice name 2 өдрийн өмнө
They're spot on in their analysis of the audience tho. They kinda don't mind lies that serves them
Jacob Burgess
Jacob Burgess 3 өдрийн өмнө
Columbus: if you don’t bring me enough gold I’ll cut off your hands and let you bleed to death PragerU: nothing to see here but his accomplishments folks, everyone was killing natives back then so it was okay
westentrance 3 өдрийн өмнө
Those who vilify Columbus are vilifying western culture and values.
A nice name
A nice name 2 өдрийн өмнө
Tomas McCauley
Tomas McCauley 3 өдрийн өмнө
I don't think slavery should be a venerated Western value. It should be something we try and move past. Sadly, slave labor still produces a large portion of Western products. Ask where the coltan in your device came from.
Anonymous y8
Anonymous y8 4 өдрийн өмнө
Your homosexuality is extremely distractive
Ralph Bernhard
Ralph Bernhard 4 өдрийн өмнө
At 3:58 That rhetoric is comical. Imagine Nuremburg, 1946. Prosecution: "What did you do to 10,000,000 political opponents, Gypsies, Jews, and POWs?" Defense: "We didn't invent concentration camps."
Mackenzie Bauroth
Mackenzie Bauroth 4 өдрийн өмнө
He made his journey because he miscalculated the distance he would need to travel. Erastenes the Greek mathematician had accurately calculated the size of Earth, and if there was no continent between him and Asia, he would have starved to death before he was even halfway there. Besides, his own journals talk about how it nice it was that the natives were naive, since they were easier to exploit, in addition to enslaving the locals, cutting off their hands if they didn't make quota, and cheating the sailor who spotted land out of the reward the king and queen had offered. Ban Columbus Day.
Dan Dei
Dan Dei 5 өдрийн өмнө
The Asian Boy
The Asian Boy Өдрийн өмнө
ColdWater 76
ColdWater 76 5 өдрийн өмнө
NoCap italism
NoCap italism 6 өдрийн өмнө
It was so long ago and he never got to the main land forget about him already 😂
Alexia Llancaleo
Alexia Llancaleo 6 өдрийн өмнө
celebrating indigenous peoples***
Orange Chaile
Orange Chaile 6 өдрийн өмнө
Still, Colombus was an asshole
Alvaro1ization 6 өдрийн өмнө
One of the most important men in the history of my country, Spain. So sad to see people today all over the place bashing him...
Ralph Bernhard
Ralph Bernhard 4 өдрийн өмнө
The concepts of "important" and "admirable" are 2 different things.
Orange Chaile
Orange Chaile 6 өдрийн өмнө
I mean, he did kill and rape many many people...
IslandKing 7 өдрийн өмнө
5 and a half minutes of rewriting history thats insane.
Dave Lastname
Dave Lastname 7 өдрийн өмнө
So we shouldn't judge Columbus by our modern standards, but we should judge the native cannibals
Ralph Bernhard
Ralph Bernhard 4 өдрийн өмнө
@A literal raven I think he was being sarcastic :-) Of course it's ridiculous to say "don't judge our crooks for raping, pillaging, stealing and making megabucks from slavery, because the times were different", but 10 seconds later condemn cannibalism.
A literal raven
A literal raven 6 өдрийн өмнө
Why might that be?
V F P 7 өдрийн өмнө
2:55 Bruh go on wikipedia pretty sure taking them prisoner isnt kind or respectful "Columbus called the inhabitants of the lands that he visited indios (Spanish for "Indians").[75][76][77] He initially encountered the Lucayan, Taíno, and Arawak peoples. Noting their gold ear ornaments, Columbus took some of the Arawaks prisoner and insisted that they guide him to the source of the gold.[78] Columbus noted that their primitive weapons and military tactics made the natives susceptible to easy conquest, writing, "these people are very simple in war-like matters ... I could conquer the whole of them with 50 men, and govern them as I pleased."
Bryce Kauffman
Bryce Kauffman 7 өдрийн өмнө
He was sanctioned by the Spanish crown for his genocidal actions in the new world.
EyeLean5280 7 өдрийн өмнө
A nice name
A nice name 2 өдрийн өмнө
Also watch this video instead (if you can please ask your teacher to answer why they gave you this trash video to study): mnpost.info/zone/nMDfpLSVn9uleWE/video Additional info on Columbus: mnpost.info/zone/dt_IerrTecWRaHY/video mnpost.info/zone/hMewe8iabctlg3Y/video
Rajeshwar chinna
Rajeshwar chinna 7 өдрийн өмнө
Am imagining what people will think about Jeffrey Epstein after 500 years
Robin Jacobs
Robin Jacobs 8 өдрийн өмнө
Fabulous Presentation! THANK YOU! And YES! I'm nearly 70, and I still remember the names of Columbus's three ships! We were given a "Real" education back when I started school!
That Dude Over There
That Dude Over There 2 өдрийн өмнө
The Raven Scythe
The Raven Scythe 8 өдрийн өмнө
No other man of his age? Are his crews too old or too young compared to him?
Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan 8 өдрийн өмнө
Everyone who watches this video needs to go watch BadEmpanada's video debunking lies about Columbus. He didn't invent slavery, but he did start the Transatlantic Slave Trade against the wishes of his superiors. He did commit atrocities, and yes, genocide of the Taino people.He was one of the most evil people to have ever lived. mnpost.info/zone/hMewe8iabctlg3Y/video
Ryan Lewis
Ryan Lewis 8 өдрийн өмнө
I don't know why I watched this. Pure propaganda. I like how this dick is saying, "what genocide??? what are you talking about? those are smears by bureaucrats! Our history is the correct one..." Like, what? Columbus's journal?...from his journal, BTW: "They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane... . They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want..." I don't care if it was 500 years ago. Columbus was a huge asshole.
Connor Edelstein
Connor Edelstein 8 өдрийн өмнө
My question about Columbus Day is why do we celebrate it? He wasn't the first to discover America (Vikings did that), he wasn't the first to think of the Earth as round (Greeks did that), and he didn't even better the lives of the locals. Heck even America (the explorer) was the only to actually discover the continental part. So what's there to celebrate?
That Dude Over There
That Dude Over There 2 өдрийн өмнө
People were already there.
Dan Dei
Dan Dei 5 өдрийн өмнө
No, u r wrong
Ralph Bernhard
Ralph Bernhard 7 өдрийн өмнө
"Feelings". Something right wingers thrive on.
Emmanuel Quiros
Emmanuel Quiros 8 өдрийн өмнө
so latinos are conquistadores mix with natives an dont forget the north african blood how can they be racists
Emmanuel Quiros
Emmanuel Quiros 5 өдрийн өмнө
@Dan Dei he said it in the video
Dan Dei
Dan Dei 5 өдрийн өмнө
Ace Diamonds
Ace Diamonds 9 өдрийн өмнө
columbus is the perfect example of rewriting history.
Ashanti Carter
Ashanti Carter 9 өдрийн өмнө
doki doki literature club
David Pierdomenico
David Pierdomenico 10 өдрийн өмнө
History is rarely black and white, often it lives in shades of gray. That said: 1. He wasn't the first European to get to the Americas, that was Leif Erickson 2. Granted, Ericksons's voyage went largely unnoticed in the eyes of Europe. 3. No one (other than historians) really knew or cared about Columbus until Washington Irving's 19th century biography about him, which was about as historically accurate as 300. 4. Columbus was no better or worse than his contemporaries, but that's not the same as being worthy of a holiday. 5. I've never understood why "Columbus is a hero" is a hill for anyone to die on. Again, I'm not praising or condemning him, I'm just thinking about these points.
David Pierdomenico
David Pierdomenico 5 өдрийн өмнө
@Dan Dei on which part?
Dan Dei
Dan Dei 5 өдрийн өмнө
Ryan Nix
Ryan Nix 10 өдрийн өмнө
Columbus went west because the Ottomans were blocking the routes to the east. Remember, Constantinople had fallen to the Ottomans just a few decades before Columbus set sail. Also, Columbus’s goal was trying to find gold and spices to sell in an effort to raise money for another crusade to take back the Holy Land.
Mars_Is_Intelligent 10 өдрийн өмнө
I clicked onto this channel because of a different MNpostr reacting. I wanted to see how bad it is. I was not disappointed... Ok well it's disappointing how uneducated this channel is. Columbus was a supporter of slavery and he didn't even discover America. The first Europeans to find America were vikings. Also, I'm pretty sure Colombia, the country I think he was talking about, existed before Columbus became famous?
Dan Dei
Dan Dei 5 өдрийн өмнө
Natalie Olmstead
Natalie Olmstead 10 өдрийн өмнө
I don't disagree with this video, but maybe we could also have and IPOC day to celebrate the Indigenous People and Native Americans throughout history. I think it's important to celebrate cultures. 😁
Harper Walsh
Harper Walsh 10 өдрийн өмнө
In Spain they still celebrate the discovery of the Americas and how Columbus helped Spain have its own golden age and become the second most powerful Colonial Empire on the planet, renowned for many technological discoveries and inventions.
Rickard Bergelius
Rickard Bergelius 11 өдрийн өмнө
No one is mentioning his complete and utter failure?
Christopher Hess
Christopher Hess 11 өдрийн өмнө
Christopher Columbus died never knowing he found a new land mass. It was after he died that it was found out by Amergo Vespucci for which the Americas are named. Another thing that Good ol Prager Urine “forgot” to mention.
João Antonio
João Antonio 11 өдрийн өмнө
I don't think people should celebrate Coloumbus, not because of his actual deeds (mostly because I'm not well informed on the man himself) but because of what he represents, and how the U.S symbolizes him. Columbus brought colonialism to the Americas, a system that would massacre indigenous people and enslave africans and amerindians, this lead to various consequences, that are still felt to this day in terms of income inequeality and racial biases. It tore down civilizations such as the Incas, and people such as the Cherokee. It exploited the resources of an entire continent, only to enrich the already wealthy. If you want to celebrate someone for the founding of your nation, than that's fine, I'm all for patriotism, and national heroes, but don't celebrate Columbus, and consequently, the legacy of colonialism, celebrate people like, I don't know, the founding fathers for you yankees.
fe lopez
fe lopez 11 өдрийн өмнө
Bravo, excellent explanation I''m a hispanic
That Dude Over There
That Dude Over There 23 цагийн өмнө
bradar bradar
bradar bradar 11 өдрийн өмнө
If this video was made in the US, why does the genitive case on his name has an 's' after the apostrophe (Columbus's)? I thought that this was a British English thing.
Timothy Gagliano
Timothy Gagliano 11 өдрийн өмнө
also the king and queen in spain didn't just 'turn him down" they were still at war with the moors that took their land but i mean nobody cares that the muslims took the Catholics land only when the catholic "steals" the indians land
Imperial Dovahkiin
Imperial Dovahkiin 12 өдрийн өмнө
The people who glorify Columbus with overhyped achievements are as annoying as those who repeat lies told about him by people like Howard Zinn.
The Channel
The Channel 12 өдрийн өмнө
He Still Killed Thousands it Native Americans 😐
sameer madabhushi
sameer madabhushi 12 өдрийн өмнө
First anti cancel culture video
A nice name
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Gabriel Becker Becker
Gabriel Becker Becker 12 өдрийн өмнө
Cristopher Columbus was hero, nothing but respect for him!
Jacob Risch
Jacob Risch 12 өдрийн өмнө
Columbus was not flying blind, he had maps. Also, most of the accounts about Columbus' atrocities come from Bartolome de las Casas, a friar, not a politician trying to undermine Columbus. Columbus' "western culture" is a far cry from anything we would think of as western today, he worked for a theocratic monarchy bent on not allowing any religious freedom, remember, this was also the year that the Spanish monarchy started the expulsion, forced conversion, and killing of its Jewish population. Columbus did not discover North America. Although it is unclear whether Columbus personally committed atrocities, he allowed and sometimes instructed his men to kill, torture, or rape native people. Sure the native population wasn't perfect either, but Columbus' force was practically an invading, pillaging army in the Caribbean. Columbus was a colonialist. He took the land, he took gold, he enslaved people, he did whatever he thought was necessary, even when the Spanish government believed it to be excessively cruel, to enrich the Spanish empire. He's certainly not an outlier of his time, but that doesn't mean we should celebrate him.
WorldTravelerMan 13 өдрийн өмнө
Columbus proved to be a true visionary. He was the one that risked his life 4 times for years and much of the stress took years off his life to do something extraordinary while others sit safely at home are just critics that never accomplished anything in their lives. It's as if he's seen the modern day keyboard warriors of today with their critique that never accomplished anything while personally benefiting from his achievements in his writings.
Alex 13 өдрийн өмнө
We can't judge these monsters' actions by today's standards now? Lord have mercy 🙄. hE dIdNt InVeNt SlAvErY. What happened to PragerU?
Kam. BB
Kam. BB 13 өдрийн өмнө
Connor Tustian
Connor Tustian 13 өдрийн өмнө
Does this guy like have a degree in like history or some shit? Cause I got to say, most of this was either entirely wrong or just mostly wrong. Because, from my understanding, and from my history class, and from looking at what historians say, Columbus was not only a tyrant, despotic, religious zealot, but he was also a slaver, murderer and genocidal crazy man. It's funny when you say that we shouldn't, "Judge people from 500 years ago by today's standards." And yet, even by the standards of 1492-1498 he was criticized as a tyrant and imprisoned from his many crimes. So, by that standard, he was a bad person that no one in all the world should be celebrating. He is an example, of how bad people can really be with power in their hands. www.newsweek.com/christopher-columbus-ted-cruz-ilhan-omar-genocide-statue-1510425 www.britannica.com/biography/Christopher-Columbus/The-second-and-third-voyages www.americanheritage.com/columbus-and-genocide#2
Connor Tustian
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@That Dude Over There yea
That Dude Over There
That Dude Over There 2 өдрийн өмнө
Gavin Yeomans
Gavin Yeomans 13 өдрийн өмнө
"its not genocide because we say so, lets not go into the numbers" /s
João Antonio
João Antonio 8 өдрийн өмнө
@Someone Orange So you admit there was a genocide?
Someone Orange
Someone Orange 8 өдрийн өмнө
@João Antonio Yes? I don't understand what that has to do with anything. I never claimed that 15th century Europeans were the most advanced in human history, in sea navigation or anything else. Human advancement came in spurts in different civilizations throughout the world and were just as quickly snuffed out by revolutions, decay, and tyranny. I don't think Europeans were superior or somehow destined to discover America, but you better be damn glad it wasn't the Mongols, Chinese, or Moors.
João Antonio
João Antonio 8 өдрийн өмнө
@Someone Orange Also the polineaseans beat them in terms of sea navigation 500 years earlier.
Gavin Yeomans
Gavin Yeomans 8 өдрийн өмнө
@Someone Orange before i debunk the dumb shit you just said, are you arguing specifically that Columbus himself didn't commit a genocide, or that there was never any genocide committed against the indigenous peoples of the Americas?
Someone Orange
Someone Orange 8 өдрийн өмнө
Ya'll realize that "genocide" has an actual definition, right? And it doesn't mean dying in war or dying of disease, which is how the VAST majority of the indigenous populations of the Americas died. There were also atrocities committed by BOTH sides. There were also horrible misunderstandings because the two groups' cultures and languages were completely different. None of these things are a genocide and calling it such is ridiculously evil and offensive to the peoples who HAVE suffered from a genocide like the Jews in the holocaust or the Tutsis in Rwanda. War is horrible and it's always tragic, there's no denying that and we can admit that without lying and calling the deaths of indigenous people a genocide. Especially when the majority of the deaths were from disease in a time period BEFORE GERM THEORY EVEN EXISTED. (which by the way, may never have been discovered without western civilization creating the scientific method and a free country being created where people were able to pursue knowledge without fear of being killed by tyrannical kings or churches, show some gratitude).
Eddy Newton
Eddy Newton 13 өдрийн өмнө
Italy didnt exist until the late 1800's
Tyson Fury's Boxing Gloves
Tyson Fury's Boxing Gloves 14 өдрийн өмнө
Papyrus The Royal Guardsmen
Papyrus The Royal Guardsmen 14 өдрийн өмнө
If Columbus would not have discovered America, the native Americans,Incans,Aztecs,Mayans Civilizations would be alive and thriving to this day. But yeah..Nobody Cares about them anymore. So fine by me.
Victor Verkoelen
Victor Verkoelen 14 өдрийн өмнө
I was always told that untill his death columbus was 100% sure he had found the route to india and that that is where he went instead of finding a new continent
Penny Dean
Penny Dean 14 өдрийн өмнө
I love watching these videos when I’m down and need a good laugh, it always works.. “yeah he killed a bunch of people and sold people asked slaves, but he didn’t invent it so let’s not worry about that. Instead let’s focus on how he discovered the americas because the people there weren’t white or recorded as well so they don’t count.” Lmao
James dittman
James dittman 14 өдрийн өмнө
Using “Well Columbus didn’t invent slavery” as an argument for Christopher Columbus is the dumbest thing I’ve heard. Hitler didn’t invent genocide, but he still did it.
WhiteScorpio2 2 өдрийн өмнө
@007kingifrit "one must be unique to be a villain" Rape and murder are not unique, still shitty things to do, so what's your point?
James dittman
James dittman 14 өдрийн өмнө
@007kingifrit hold on, is this a serious point you are making? Let’s say that in 2040, it’s common practice to go outside and shoot your neighbor if they are still sleeping. Would you not say that someone who does that without seeing something wrong with it is a villain. I would.
007kingifrit 14 өдрийн өмнө
the difference is hitler's actions were unique for his time, columbus's were not. so columbus is not a villain one must be unique to be a villain
Duane Columbus
Duane Columbus 14 өдрийн өмнө
Otto von Buttsmarck
Otto von Buttsmarck 14 өдрийн өмнө
Conservatives seem weirdly obsessed with defending a man who invented colonialism and never set foot in the USA
007kingifrit 14 өдрийн өмнө
yes we are dead set on defending the past from neo marxists
Max 14 өдрийн өмнө
Because democrats blast him every chance and don’t recognize the good he did, just the bad . They portray him as a Devil almost instead of a human
MaxKol 14 өдрийн өмнө
Columbus brought Christianity to a very dark world.
João Antonio
João Antonio 11 өдрийн өмнө
Dark world? what? Is this a christianity thing or a civilization thing? Because both are just as badly informed and outright xenophobic. The Americas had very advanced civilizations such as the Inca, Azteca, Maian, etc. Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztecan empire had better sewage systems than the west, Cusco was described as just as beautiful as european cities by conquistadors. There are plenty more examples, such as acts of hygene, but I digress. Also, people are allowed to have their own religions you goddamn crusader XD
Adriaan Jansen
Adriaan Jansen 14 өдрийн өмнө
Personally, I think the credits for that belong to other people, like st. Bartolome de las Casas and other missionaries that put the physical and spiritual well-being of natives above their own profit. Conor Comptom already does a good job above to criticize the sources and facts presented in this video, but there are more sources to find out how Christianity spread in the new world. There is no need to deny the boons of western civilization as well as see where it failed to uphold its own standard. Columbus was bold, but also misguided (the reason he was turned down so often was because his scientific analysis was wrong, thinking the world was much smaller than it is.) and on many accounts, even from his follow colonist, Christian missionaries and even the Spanish Crown, not a very benevolant ruler or defender of the faith. Explorer and despot at the same time, just like many conquerors before him. In that this video is correct - it is complicated. So the question is - what do we celebrate when we celebrate Columbus? If it's boldness or bravery, sure, I can concur. Columbus had both and used them for better and ill. But if we talk about the spread of Western civilization or Christianity? I think we can thank other heroes for that, like the mentioned de las Casas. After reading on them, what do you think would make the most suitable person to be celebrated for this?
preppychrisbou 14 өдрийн өмнө
Great video. They say a lot of lies about Columbus these days.
Citizen0_ C
Citizen0_ C 15 өдрийн өмнө
🇺🇲One of our Greatest forefathers!🇺🇲
Richie Rich
Richie Rich 15 өдрийн өмнө
Incredible the way the narrow minded perspective of a few affected the man’s status some 500 years later. The courage this man showed under tremendous pressure is dismissed while others today are celebrated as brave for merely coming out of the closet. Ain’t that a bitch? We should be ashamed of ourselves.
Tomas McCauley
Tomas McCauley 3 өдрийн өмнө
I'm not sure it is wise to have a statue of a guy who sold 1,500 people into slavery and was considered brutal even by his own time's standards.
Megan Brown
Megan Brown 15 өдрийн өмнө
Ok boomer
Imperial Dovahkiin
Imperial Dovahkiin 12 өдрийн өмнө
Isn't he like 35?
Megan Brown
Megan Brown 14 өдрийн өмнө
@007kingifrit ok boomer
007kingifrit 14 өдрийн өмнө
what a child, at least i hope. it would be sad if you were a middle aged lonely single women saying things like that
Devin Morris
Devin Morris 15 өдрийн өмнө
“It’s unfair to judge someone who lived 500 years ago by today’s standards.” Not sure about Mr Knowles but I have heard Dennis Prager talk at length about the existence of an Objective Morality.
k-l0-k 5 цагийн өмнө
“I was filled with a desire to take my pleasure with her and attempted to satisfy my desire. She was unwilling, and so treated me with her nails that I wished I had never begun. I then took a piece of rope and whipped her soundly, and she let forth such incredible screams that you would not have believed your ears. Eventually we came to such terms, I assure you, that you would have thought she had been brought up in a school for whores.” (Referring to a child by the way) You guys are celebrating a 15th century Jeffrey Epstein
Kam. BB
Kam. BB 13 өдрийн өмнө
@007kingifrit Okay but if he’s wrong why should he be praised and glorified
007kingifrit 14 өдрийн өмнө
objective morality tells us what IS right and wrong, not how we should judge others who don't live up to that right and wrong
Philly Tobes
Philly Tobes 15 өдрийн өмнө
He was a genocidal maniac
007kingifrit 14 өдрийн өмнө
that's neo marxist propaganda; all progress is built on genocide so its ok
Nicola Pacella
Nicola Pacella 15 өдрийн өмнө
As an Italian, i must say that is pretty confortable to see that not everybody as lost their minds in America.
k-l0-k 5 цагийн өмнө
“I was filled with a desire to take my pleasure with her and attempted to satisfy my desire. She was unwilling, and so treated me with her nails that I wished I had never begun. I then took a piece of rope and whipped her soundly, and she let forth such incredible screams that you would not have believed your ears. Eventually we came to such terms, I assure you, that you would have thought she had been brought up in a school for whores.” (Referring to a child by the way) You guys are celebrating a 15th century Jeffrey Epstein
Good Gamer20
Good Gamer20 15 өдрийн өмнө
I’m confused because I hear these bad things about him and I do question if I should celebrate Columbus Day
Anthony Lopez
Anthony Lopez 14 өдрийн өмнө
@007kingifrit You shouldn’t be proud of Columbus. He might not have been 100 percent evil but his actions aren’t something you should be proud of. You should be proud of better things like how the Saxons under King Alfred The Great repelled the Vikings when no one thought it was possible and United ALL 4 kingdoms of England into one. Or if you’re Spanish, you should be proud of the Reconquista since over 1,000 years they never gave up and thorough their will and determination, they took back Spain
007kingifrit 14 өдрийн өмнө
you should. the left is evil and wants us to stop being proud of our history. anything that tells us we are bad people is bad
spetsnaz600 16 өдрийн өмнө
While the evil Columbus was out exploring the world and broadening the horizons of the human civilization, the peaceful Aztecs were busy sacrificing 20,000 people a day, more than the Nazis at Auschwitz.
spetsnaz600 15 өдрийн өмнө
@Ralph Bernhard I agree. And as they say, the veil of our civility is paper thin.
Ralph Bernhard
Ralph Bernhard 15 өдрийн өмнө
@spetsnaz600 Yes, that is why some say "history is self serving", and historians often cherry-pick facts in order to reach a preconceived conclusion. Or, in other words. They've already determined what "story" they want to tell *first* and *then* they go out looking for "evidence" to back up what they are writing. Yes, it was a "dog eat dog" world back then, far far far more than today. Human behaviour might change over time (because of laws and rules), but biologically we're still the same "wired animals" which stepped out of the jungle 100,000 years ago :-)
spetsnaz600 15 өдрийн өмнө
@Ralph Bernhard Maybe not you, but some people do. Some circles are trying to paint Columbus as a genocidal maniac while ignoring the fact that a lot of natives around the world who were colonized were no better. And this isn’t a knock on either culture btw. Murder, brutality, and conquest was the way of the world back then, and had the Aztecs been more advanced and had an opportunity to sail to Europe and dominate that land they would have done it, and that would have been normal by the standards of that time.
Ralph Bernhard
Ralph Bernhard 15 өдрийн өмнө
@spetsnaz600 Whoever said that the locals were better than the invaders?
spetsnaz600 15 өдрийн өмнө
@Ralph Bernhard Sounds like you only want to hear what you want to hear. There is no gain in making this stuff up, it’s medieval history. The fact of the matter is that evidence for these atrocities exist, and the only real dispute is about the numbers. These native cultures were anything but peaceful and in some ways far more brutal than then the Europeans of that time.
DJ Regnier
DJ Regnier 16 өдрийн өмнө
Listen to ABBA's 'What About Livingston?'. A very catchy and beautiful melodic song celebrating and defending the explorer.
Ephraim Santos
Ephraim Santos 16 өдрийн өмнө
“we celebrate the arrival of western civilization to the western hemisphere and if you can’t celebrate that it says more about your moral compass...” No. I will not celebrate the erasure and genocide that was ushered in by Europe becoming aware of a continent that had contained advanced civilizations for millennia.
007kingifrit 14 өдрийн өмнө
then you can't celebrate any history because everything is genocide
Forrest Henry
Forrest Henry 15 өдрийн өмнө
So... you’re not going to mention the ritual butchery that was being perpetrated on the Mexican mainland at the time? Columbus was certainly no angel. He was a man of his time. However, if you bother to actually read the letters Columbus himself wrote, you’ll find he was outraged by the mistreatment of Indians. The evils that were being perpetrated against the natives are done so at the hands of the Spanish government, not Columbus. Yes, terrible things followed the discovery of the Americas, but to say that Columbus is guilty of every evil suffered by indians at the hands of individual men and wicked governments is to commit the sin of scapegoating.
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