United States History and Government

Although Christopher Columbus was not the first explorer to reach the Americas, his voyages led to the first lasting European contact with the Americans, inaugurating a period of European exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted for several centuries. The European colonization of the New World have had a major impact on the historical development of Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans. The actions shown by Columbus’s discovery of the New World on these three groups of civilizations have had both positive and negative ramifications.
In 1942, Christopher Columbus attempted to reach Asia by sailing west of where he was currently. Along this voyage he meet the Tanio people/natives of the Caribbean and he renamed their island, naming it San Salvador. When the Native Americans first met Columbus, they were skeptical about him and his people. I believe they came from Spain, where they had a well monarchy and they were in charge of making sure that their voyage actually happen. Columbus wanted to spread Christianity while searching for Gold, he wanted to exploit. Columbus then claimed Spain lands exploring the small islands and coastlines of Cuba, Hispanida.
The Native Americans were one of the three civilizations groups who were affected in both positive and negative ways by Columbus’s voyage to the western hemisphere. Examples of the positive affects for the Native Americans was that the Native Americans learned a new language, and they also learned how to use the European’s “sophisticated” weapons against them. During this time period there was the beginning of the methods of colonization. Meaning that their colonizations were established and they controlled distant settlements. Examples of the negative ramifications were the disease’s that ravaged the Native Americans. The Native Americans had no type of natural immunity to the diseases that was passed on by the Europeans. The contagious disease ended up killing hundreds of thousands.