A Comparison John Smith and Christopher Columbus are two historical idols who completely change character when seen through their own writing. It's funny how so many staples of American culture tend to morph into monsters of their legendary image when studied directly. It's not a good thing, and it doesn't say much for our culture in general. In these two characters we are taught, as children, to see them as "noble bringers of light," and yet modern history would call them "despoilers.
For many residence of Virginia, John Smith is considered as a hero. However, recorded documents provide varying evidence on his leadership and life in general. On the other hand, Christopher Columbus is seen as an explorer who encountered the Americans and was able to achieve immorality to satisfy his egos.
He took advantage of every opportunity and is considered to be a leader who did not accept no as an answer which enable him to succeed and even come back to influence after a great misfortune. It is however clear that the success of Smith and Columbus as leaders of exploration can be attributed to their egos.
Their writings were full of imaginations and fiction and are considered by some historians to be liars about the newly discovered world. John Smith was an English explorer and a soldier who has remained in the books of history for his role in the establishment of a British colony in America.
He reigned Virginia British colony which was based at Jamestown for one year between late and late During his reign, he used his experience as a soldier and an explorer to lead exploration of major rivers around the colony.
Smith was first involved in plans to establish a British colony in North America in for personal gains with a London company which had been granted a charter by the King of England. Towards the end of that year, Smith led an expedition team with three small ships towards Virginia.
While on voyage, Smith became a troublemaker and the captain made plans of executing him once the ship docked. However, he was spared since the king had designated him as one of the council members of the colony.
He was later captured in his exploration expedition and he was taken to the Chief of the Powhatans who planned to execute him. However, he was saved by the daughter of the chief on the day of his execution and he was released.
His expeditions were in search of food since the colony was faced with collapse due to adverse weather, lack of food and water Horn, p During his leadership, more and more settlers from Britain settled in his colony.
To satisfy his ego, he conquered and proudly held hostage and killed leaders of neighboring communities. He used his powers to force the communities to surrender their food reserves.
However, his administration met resistant from the natives who fought against the colonialists. During the fight, he was seriously injured. When he went back to England for treatment towards the end ofhe never went back to Virginia.
Although smiths credibility as an author has been criticized by many people, his work on his experiences in the New World was inspired by the need to promote the European colonies in North America. He is criticized for description of the way he was saved by Pocahontas, the chiefs daughter.
However, he did not exaggerate the facts about Americans and warned his readers of the possible dangers that would be experienced as a result of establishing colonies in America. Despite him being considered as a liar, and a coward by some historians, some consider him as a hero not only in exploration and leadership but also in literature.
His Pocahontas story has stood the test of time and he is considered to be the father of the canon of American history. The time gap between when the letter was written and when it was receives raises some speculation about whether what is recorded really happened.
It is claimed that smith created the story himself. By the time the letter was analyzed, all the witnesses of the incidence had possibly died and therefore the details could not be verified.
Some historians argue that Smith invented the incidence to add quality to his fiction work and is therefore considered to be the father of archetypal patterns in literature Price, p Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and a colonialist who navigated through the Atlantic Ocean in the 15th century creating awareness of the existence of American continent to the Europeans.
He is considered to be the man who inspired the Spanish settlement and colonization in America. His work has been famous among the historians due to his contribution in devising ways of crossing the ocean to the west to establish new trade ties. Before the successful expeditions done by Columbus, the Europeans believed that it was not possible for a ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the west supporting his crews with water and food and therefore Columbus voyages were considered a great success Sale, p During his first voyage, he had gained the trust of the Spanish empire from the king to the public.
Although he had not achieved what he was looking for in the expedition, the Spanish turned in large numbers to welcome him back home after the expedition.
His main aim was to find a trade route that could be used to access the much needed spices from Asia. However, due to his ego in the subsequent expeditions, he promoted genocide and slavery which was not the initial intentions of his expeditions.
Later, he embarked on putting to death some of his crew which led to the deterioration of his relationship with the Spanish empire. Due to his successes in the first expedition, he was made a viceroy and a governor.A Comparison of the Economic Philosophies of Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx - As far back as man has been on earth, he has been driven towards building a community among his peers.
Notably, in colonizing the New World, Captain John Smith and William Bradford were both significant figures. They both established colonies and through their writings, they hoped to attract more settlers that were relatable to them.
Smith was the first man to endorse a permanent settlement. Christopher Columbus, son of a wool merchant, was born in Genoa, Italy on October Being a son of a wool merchant, he got a job on a merchant ship when he was a teenager.
Both Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and John Smith hold different attitudes regarding their accounts of Indian life. The difference in attitudes may have resulted from. This paper examines the motivations of the explorer Christopher Columbus and the colonist William Bradford in coming to the New World.
This paper demonstrates how these initial perceptions helped affect the manner in which these two men examined their roles in the colonization of the Americas/5(4). The Writings of Christopher Columbus and John Smith - 1.
Columbus appears to be a dreamer. His goals were selfish and his true knowledge weak. He was deceitful and egotistical and knew how to manipulate others. Throughout his writings he refers to the things that ‘he’ accomplished, as if he had done them alone. He lied almost daily to the. Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
RI Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.