History UsefulNotes / ChristopherColumbus

27th Apr '16 7:38:04 AM Timjames98
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Columbus's voyages opened up the Americas to the Old World, bringing over disease which wiped out 90% of the Native Americans.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Columbus's voyages opened up the Americas to the Old World, bringing over disease which wiped out 90% of the Native Americans. This probably wasn't what he planned for the New World.
24th Apr '16 11:57:52 AM gemmabeta2
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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to [[BoldExplorer find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia]] (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).

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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to [[BoldExplorer find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia]] (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland (Canada) failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).
20th Apr '16 1:41:49 AM kelly232
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* TheMutiny: On Columbus's first voyage, his crew thought they would die in the middle of the ocean and almost did this. [[AvertedTrope But then he found land.

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* TheMutiny: On Columbus's first voyage, his crew thought they would die in the middle of the ocean and almost did this. [[AvertedTrope But then he found land.]]
30th Mar '16 6:39:18 PM DoctorCooper
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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).

On his most famous voyage, the 1492 transatlantic trip in the ships ''Niña'', ''Pinta'', and ''Santa Maria'', he was searching for a route to "India," which at the time meant Asia--specifically, he was hoping to find Japan. When he finally reached land, all he could tell was that the natives were neither Japanese nor Chinese, and so he was at a loss to figure out where he really was. Figuring he'd landed on some previously-unknown part of Asia, he referred to the natives generically as "Indians," and the island chain as the "East Indies". (Today, we've corrected this second mistake, and refer to these islands as the ''West'' Indies.) On his third voyage, in 1498, he realized he'd found a hitherto-unknown continent (South America), but he never learned that he hadn't come close to reaching Asia.

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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to [[BoldExplorer find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia Asia]] (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).

On his most famous voyage, the 1492 transatlantic trip in the ships ''Niña'', ''Pinta'', and ''Santa Maria'', he was searching for a route to "India," "India", which at the time meant Asia--specifically, he was hoping to find Japan. When he finally reached land, all he could tell was that the natives were neither Japanese nor Chinese, and so he was at a loss to figure out where he really was. Figuring he'd landed on some previously-unknown part of Asia, he referred to the natives generically as "Indians," and the island chain as the "East Indies". (Today, we've corrected this second mistake, and refer to these islands as the ''West'' Indies.) On his third voyage, in 1498, he realized he'd found a hitherto-unknown continent (South America), but he never learned that he hadn't come close to reaching Asia.



* BoldExplorer: Just look at the page's picture.
17th Mar '16 5:25:43 PM DoctorCooper
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* DashingHispanic: Played with. Christopher Colombus was actually Italian, but he spent a lot of time among Spanish people and undoubtably took up a few of their customs.



* TheMutiny: On Columbus's first voyage, his crew thought they would die in the middle of the ocean and almost did this. [[AvertedTrope But then he found land]].
* ThePlague: Columbus's voyages brought diseases over to the Americas which killed off ninety percent of the native population. It is important to remember that he didn't intend for this to happen and that medical science of the day was not good enough for him to have known to take precautions.

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* TheMutiny: On Columbus's first voyage, his crew thought they would die in the middle of the ocean and almost did this. [[AvertedTrope But then he found land]].
* ThePlague: Columbus's voyages brought diseases over to the Americas which killed off ninety percent of the native population. It is important to remember that he didn't intend for this to happen and that medical science of the day was not good enough for him to have known to take precautions.
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* RedHeadedHero: Columbus had red hair. Subverted in that his hair turned grey when he got old.
19th Dec '15 8:25:11 PM karstovich2
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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]].

On his most famous voyage, the 1492 transatlantic trip in the ships ''Niña'', ''Pinta'', and ''Santa Maria'', he was searching for a route to "India," which at the time meant Asia -- specifically, he was hoping to find Japan. When he finally reached land, all he could tell was that the natives were neither Japanese nor Chinese, and so he was at a loss to figure out where he really was. Figuring he'd landed on some previously-unknown part of Asia, he referred to the natives generically as "Indians," and the island chain as the "East Indies". (Today, we've corrected this second mistake, and refer to these islands as the ''West'' Indies.) On his third voyage, in 1498, he realized he'd found a hitherto-unknown continent (South America), but he never learned that he hadn't come close to reaching Asia.

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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]].

natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).

On his most famous voyage, the 1492 transatlantic trip in the ships ''Niña'', ''Pinta'', and ''Santa Maria'', he was searching for a route to "India," which at the time meant Asia -- specifically, Asia--specifically, he was hoping to find Japan. When he finally reached land, all he could tell was that the natives were neither Japanese nor Chinese, and so he was at a loss to figure out where he really was. Figuring he'd landed on some previously-unknown part of Asia, he referred to the natives generically as "Indians," and the island chain as the "East Indies". (Today, we've corrected this second mistake, and refer to these islands as the ''West'' Indies.) On his third voyage, in 1498, he realized he'd found a hitherto-unknown continent (South America), but he never learned that he hadn't come close to reaching Asia.
14th Oct '15 1:38:38 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* DownerEnding: Columbus discovered two new continents, and yet he died in poverty. [[BittersweetEnding It wasn't all bad though]], as his tomb is Seville is topped with a statue of four Spanish kings holding up his casket, indicating just how important they thought he was to them.

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* DownerEnding: Columbus discovered two new continents, and yet he died in poverty. [[BittersweetEnding It wasn't all bad though]], as his tomb is in Seville is topped with a statue of four Spanish kings holding up his casket, indicating just how important they thought he was to them.
14th Oct '15 1:37:25 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* DashingHispanic: Played with. Christopher Colombus was actually Italian, but he spent a lot of time among spanish people and undoubtably took up a few of their customs.

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* DashingHispanic: Played with. Christopher Colombus was actually Italian, but he spent a lot of time among spanish Spanish people and undoubtably took up a few of their customs.
14th Oct '15 1:36:36 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* DashingHispanic: Played with. Christopher Colombus was actually was Italian, but he spent a lot of time among spanish people and undoubtably took up a few of their customs.

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* DashingHispanic: Played with. Christopher Colombus was actually was Italian, but he spent a lot of time among spanish people and undoubtably took up a few of their customs.
7th Oct '15 11:31:13 AM Bioshock
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Other re-tellings of his voyage tend to condemn him and blame the entire plight of the Native Americans on him. Even worse, he is blamed for atrocities that he either A. had no way of knowing about, B. had no way to prevent, or C. happened long after he died. But since he started it and is the most well known of the colonizers, people seem to think he's scum of the earth.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Other re-tellings of his voyage tend to condemn him and blame the entire plight of the Native Americans on him. Even worse, he is blamed for atrocities that he either A. had no way of knowing about, B. had no way to prevent, or C. happened long after he died. But since he started it and is the most well known of the colonizers, people seem to think he's scum of the earth.
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