My readings have convinced me that “Old Christopher” felt that he was on a mission from God………Queen Isabella, like all investers and Governments were in search of gold and annexation………And, with the comming conflict between the Catholic Church and Martin Luther, Protestants had a migration route much like the 10 northern tribes of the Israelites……………His diaries reflect a certain missionary mindset, and pursuit of wealth seemed not to be his primary motivation.
Christians on the move, looking for a peacefull place to worship and raise their children………………(How is NASA doing on that exploritory mission?)
What was the motivation for CC to split sail from Europa and head west?
Find a short cut to India.
The real quiz is quite significant. Why?
After all, Europa was the centre of the world for the tech saavy Europeans – India’s locale was well known and thanks to Prince Henry (the cat who put the ‘gator’ in) the Navigator sealanes and land routes could have sweetly hooked up to provide the fastest transport times circa 1500 anywhere on earth.
Check out a World map from 1500 AD and the answer is prett obvious.
Critical portions of any route to and from India were totally beseiged by totalitarian monarchies like the Ottomans, Safavid Persia and an unhealthy mix of sundry and “…various mohammedist states…”
Amazing that the reason for the season of Columbus Day is traced back to probs facing the entire free world today.
Unfun, unfree and unhinged regimes built, cruelly maintained and by their very design expansionist feature intolerance, nonegalitarian and misery projection with all the trimmings like slavery, pitiful lit rates and of course – violence.
Detours allowing the avoidance of such retarded, backward civs were in high demand, thanks to Columbus – Europa turned her back on the faux, played league of failed states – and concentrated their efforts on the “New World”
“They are the best people in the world and above all the gentlest–without knowledge of what is evil–nor do they murder or steal…they love their neighbors as themselves and they have the sweetest talk in the world…always laughing…They are very simple and honest and exceedingly liberal with all they have…They would make fine servants. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”
Not finding any gold, he sent back 500 slaves, almost half of which
died on the journey back to his financiers. Spanish atrocities that followed are more vast and well documented, including the widespread rape of native women, children thrown to dogs to be devoured, new-born babies born to women prisoners flung into the jungle to die, along with the gift of new illnesses like typhoid, typhus, diphtheria and smallpox which killed
thousands. Columbus was a conqueror and a killer, and even when viewed through the lens of his time, a pretty atrocious human being.
And it seems as if nothing has really changed. In 2005, launched a new conquest (The Project for The New American Century) to Christianize, democratize and capitalize on natural resources in foreign lands. We’re doing it the same way the Spanish and other conquering nations always did it, via the dehumanization of the “enemy.” It is easier to explain atrocities if they are committed against infidels, or people of an inferior race, especially people that are a threat to your security. Slavery and racial segregation in the United States, and European imperialism in Asia and Africa, were justified in this way. Remember when Obama supporter Colin Powell asked about Iraqi causalities and he responded by saying that it was “really not a matter I am terribly interested in.”