English 231: American literature Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. He is credited for discovering America, but he thought he was in China until...

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English 231: American literature Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. He is credited for discovering America, but he thought he was in China until the day he died. It wasn't until Amerigo Vespucci (America's name sake) explored the New World at the turn of the 16th century that it was determined to be a whole new continent. Discussion: Given what you've read, why was Columbus highly regarded for discovering America? Columbus created the "New World" and many possibilities were "discovered." Explain what he created and discovered that makes him worthy of his own holiday in America.De la Casa in a way was a civil rights activist. He introduces a common theme in American lit. How does one resign his/herself to accept the practices of slavery and dehummanization, while still practicing Christianity? It's a good question! The Pope outlawed poor treatment of the Native Americans after Columbus ravaged through them for servitude. However, according to your text African slaves were permitted in Columus' America. Equiano refers to the contradiction as "Nominal Christians," Christians by name only. De La Casa did not like the way the Native Americans were being treated by the Spanish and was petitioning for change. Unfortunately, he was not successful long term, but he saw value in the natives and felt they were worthy of our respect. They were deemed savages as they were not in line with the religion of Spain (among other things). Discussion: Did De la Casa's letters do enough to advocate for Native rights? Could he have done more? What else could he have done? Keep in mind that just 10 years later African slaves were brought to American because the Spanish had ravaged the native population through servitude and disease. Choose a line or 2 from his writings to justify your opinion. 

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