Columbus Discussion

Has my perspective of Columbus changed?

My perspective of Columbus has definitely changed now that I’ve read and watched about his true actions and what really took place, compared to what I used to think of him. He used to just be this guy from Europe that tried to sail to Asia but ended up in North America, and there there were the Native Americans willing to show him around. I now know that he wasn’t a very controlled coloniser, nor was he a good person either. From a perspective of why we are here now, he is a hero, but from a perspective of who he is, he wasn’t very much of a hero.

Has my perspective of Native Americans changed?

My perspective of Native Americans have not changed, mainly because I did not have much knowledge about who they were before. Although I have gained more information and knowledge about their history and what had happened to them.

How can I read history and be aware of bias

I think that being aware of biases is all about understanding perspectives, and how different perspectives can change the way a certain story or idea is conveyed. One way of reading history and being aware of bias, is by knowing what the theme of the reading is, and from the theme I can draw out what the author or the writer believes in.

If I were to write about Columbus, what themes would I focus on, knowing that I cannot write everything about everything.

In this case, I would focus on the theme of “It is not who Columbus is, that made him a hero. It is only what he did” As I kept reading, my perception of Columbus has completely changed compared to what I used to think if him, that many peopl still think of him as I thought of him before. This is why if I were to write about him, I would want to get message across of who he really was.

What themes did your readings choose?

One big theme that my reading focused on, was that us students and people who don’t look into what actually happened are not aware of what actually took place. These people that write history books for us, have complete control over what they can make us think what happened. This represents the theme of “Our perceptions can be changed by historians”.