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that tarnished his legacy as the emissary of Western civilization. We celebrate Columbus Day for his discovery of North America, which helped the European conquest and thus created the United States. But Columbus is also remembered for his acts of cruelty. He enslaved the Tainos (indigenous people of Cuba) to mine for gold, Spaniards were known to cut off hands, noses, and ears when no gold was found, Natives were hunted and fed to dogs, the cruelty lead to the Natives committing mass suicide and killing of offspring to avoid suffering on top of the mass killings already occurring to their people. The winners may write history books, but they often leave out the shameful legacies, thus when we study history, we only know part of the story. Columbus is not such a hero when you know the whole story.
Argument points for the original paragraph (which I found to be incredibly hard to swallow, and furthermore harder to agree with, let alone rewrite.)
-Native American’s didn’t believe in “owning” land -Slavery was a normal thing back then -His mission was to find gold, slaves, and trade spices… -“No matter what all the text books say about him.” -Columbus may be Italian but he worked for Spain. -History should generally be believed.