Christopher Columbus is considered one of the most important men in history as an explorer. We are familiar with his discoveries, such as the voyage of the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, the Columbian Exchange, and the discovery of North America. Along with these discoveries the social, economic, and political advantages gained from his voyages far outweigh the future of the natives of America.
The voyage of the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 is Columbus having the idea of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. He was determined to find a direct water route from Europe to Asia. Instead, he accidentally discovered the Americas, which include the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. No more than two months later, Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas, that he called San Salvador.
Christopher Columbus made the Columbian Exchange. Columbus was a wide spread transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, technology and ideas between the Americas, West Africa and the Old World in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The most significant immediate impact of this exchange was the cultural exchanges and the transfer of people, both freed and enslaved, between continents. The new contact between the global population circulated a wide variety of crops and livestock, which supported, increase population in both hemispheres.
The role of Columbus in politics was very controversial. After discovering the New World, Columbus was welcomed back to Spain as a hero. He was granted royal status and became a colonial administrator for the Spanish government. However, Columbus had no experience in the field of federal administration and chaos soon emerged in Spain. After disastrous stint came to an end, an investigator arrested the once revealed explorer and sent him back to Spain, where he was stripped of his titles and loyalty.
Overall the impact of social, economic and political impacted Columbus and his voyages completely and different from most explorers. The voyage of the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, the Columbian Exchange and Columbus’s role in politics all outweigh the future of today’s world. Altogether Christopher Columbus impacted our lives and discovered our great lands.
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