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In
the letter that Christopher Columbus wrote to Luis de Santangel regarding the
results of his first voyage in 1493 demonstrated several problems in
Columbus’ breakthroughs, aside from his comprehension of what he uncovered. When
interpreting the letter, I observed Columbus’ egotism. He appeared to be providing
admiration to the King and Queen of Spain, but in actuality, he was only bragging
about his own accomplishments. Columbus composes, “Since I know that you will
be pleased at the great victory with which Our Lord has crowned my voyage, I
write this to you, from which you will learn how in thirty-three days I passed
from the Canary Islands to the Indies, with the fleet which the most
illustrious king and queen, our sovereigns, gave to me. There I found very many
islands, filled with people innumerable, and of them all I have taken
possession for their highnesses, by proclamation made and with the royal
standard unfurled, and no opposition was offered to me.”1
In this situation, Columbus tells of his outcomes from the expedition and
communicates what it encompassed, and how it was proficient.   

Alternatively, a characteristic of the
letter that struck me was Columbus’ stance on the indigenous people. He was between
point of views in that he mentioned his appreciation towards the natives and then
progressed to present them as non-humans. In the book named, The Mysterious History of Columbus: An
Exploration of the Man, the Myth, the Legacy, written by John Noble Wilford,
the writer indicates, “The Spanish would engage in fervent debate over the
justice and morality of their treatment of the Indians. Were these people truly
human? If so, under what circumstances was it just to make war on and enslave
other humans?”2 He
regularly designates them as “incurably timid,”3
but does not delve into the treatment of them. Thus, we can only infer based on
surrounding clues. These portrayals of the indigenous people make Columbus hold
supreme power and authority. “It is true that, after they have been reassured
and have lost this fear, they are so guileless and so generous with all that
they possess, that no one would believe it who has not seen it. They refuse
nothing that they possess, if it be asked of them; on the contrary, they invite
any one to share it and display as much love as if they would give their
hearts.”4
Columbus labeled the Indians and pronounced them as a people for who he has to
maintain. He clarifies that while they were eager to accept small, yet
valueless pieces from Spain, he did not want the natives to obtain these gifts.
Columbus desired to offer the Indians the magnificent items he possessed.
Columbus says, “They are content with whatever trifle of whatever kind it may
be that is given to them, whether it be of value or valueless. I forbade that
they should be given things so worthless as fragments of broken crockery,
scraps of broken glass and ends of straps, although when they were able to get
them, they fancied that they possessed the best jewel in the world.”5
Combined with putting the indigenous people down, Columbus is also giving
himself honor.

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Columbus is the type of person I assumed he
was after reading this letter,
which is self-centered and arrogant. This is due to the fact that his
attributes and his dominance can be perceived as thoughtful and compassionate
in the eyes of others. In reality, we are aware that Columbus is understood in
a variety of means currently. There are facets of his explorations and his logging
of his encounters that can be complimented and recognized, but there are
several additional aspects of his trips that cannot be overlooked. For example,
in the book, The Life of Christopher
Columbus, written by Charles Desilver, he proclaims, “They all gave thanks
to God, kneeling upon the shore, shedding tears of joy for the great mercy
received. The admiral rose, and called the island San Salvador. The Indians
called it Guanahani, and it is now called Cat Island. It belongs to that group
in the Bahamas. Many of the natives came down to witness this ceremony. They
were very peaceable and quiet people, and the admiral gave them some red caps,
glass beads, and a few other trifles of small value, with which they were much
delighted.”6 Here
and in other instances, Columbus claims that he was not challenged by resistance
or conflict from the indigenous people of the islands. When he declares the
land in the name of the Spanish monarchy, Columbus engaging in this with
minimal hostility seems doubtful. “When the admiral and his companion returned to
their vessels, the natives followed them in large numbers. Some swam; others
went in their canoes, carrying parrots, spun cotton, javelins, and other
articles, to exchange for hawks’ bells, and strings of beads. They went
entirely naked seeming to be very poor and simple.”7
This shows that the Indians could have caused trouble for Columbus and his crew
of men, judging by what the natives were trailing Columbus’ crew with.

Because of the slight number of sources that
exist, it is difficult to comprehend the indigenous people’s outlook. Their
experiences during Columbus’ presence are expressed in a considerate fashion.
For Columbus and Spain, it is proved to be humane, but because he is one of the
earliest surveyors to expose these islands, people do not expect there to be
clashes. We see this solely from the standpoint of Columbus in The Mysterious History of Columbus: An
Exploration of the Man, the Myth, the Legacy. The author points the readers
in the direction of a setting where Columbus has a “friendly and approachable”
encounter with the natives. “But Columbus had remained long enough to be
touched by the people of Guanahani. They were gentle and friendly. They were
poor, too, as he adduced, and generous. ‘It seemed to me that they were a
people poor in everything’, he wrote. ‘They gave everything for anything that
was given to them.”8  The fact that fighting did not take place (as
far as we can distinguish) signifies that there will be peace between Columbus
and his men, and the Indians. 

 Another
major supposition about the document is that there has to be a meaning behind the
abundant features that Columbus specifies about the island of Hispaniola. This
can be depicted in the book, The Four
Voyages of Christopher Columbus, edited and translated by J.M. Cohen.
Columbus speaks about Hispaniola. “Hispaniola is a wonder. The mountains and
hills, the plains and meadow lands are both fertile and beautiful. They are most
suitable for planting crops and for raising cattle of all kinds, and there are
good sites for building towns and villages.”9
This insinuates that Columbus may have established himself on Hispaniola since
it had the greatest assets, environment, and atmosphere. It seems as though Hispaniola
was Columbus’ preferred location and island as told in the letter. “The
harbours are incredibly fine and there are many great rivers with broad
channels and the majority contain gold. The trees, fruits and plants are very
different from those of Cuba. In Hispaniola there are many spices and large
mines of gold and other metals.”10
Some of this content he glistens is exaggerated and stretched to the point
where he almost makes the audience feel a certain emotion of proudness and
satisfaction.   

As a final point, in his letter, Christopher
Columbus asserts to have publicized and taken ownership of a multitude of
islands. The letter explains the results and consequences of the voyage, and qualities
the islands that were discovered by Columbus in the West Indies. Columbus wrote
the letter in order to become financed to go back over to the Americas. This
way, he could find gold and Christianize the natives. This letter was intended
to address Luis de Santangel who was a priest. Interestingly, Luis de Santangel
was a baptized Jew and finance minister to King Ferdinand of
Spain. De Santangel convinced the Spanish monarchy to support Christopher
Columbus’ voyage in 1492. Possibly, if it were not for De Santangel, Columbus
would have not been able to proceed with his explorations.

1 “Early Americas Digital Archive.”
Columbus, Letter to Santangel | Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA). 2003.
http://eada.lib.umd.edu/text-entries/columbus-letter-to-santangel/.

2 John Noble Wilford. The Mysterious History of Columbus: An Exploration of the Man, the
Myth, the Legacy (New York: Vintage Books, 1991): p. 179.

3 Early Americas Digital Archive.”
Columbus, Letter to Santangel | Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA). 2003.
http://eada.lib.umd.edu/text-entries/columbus-letter-to-santangel/.

4 Early Americas Digital Archive.”
Columbus, Letter to Santangel | Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA). 2003.
http://eada.lib.umd.edu/text-entries/columbus-letter-to-santangel/.

5 Early Americas Digital Archive.”
Columbus, Letter to Santangel | Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA). 2003.
http://eada.lib.umd.edu/text-entries/columbus-letter-to-santangel/.

6 Charles Desilver. The Life of Christopher Columbus (Philadelphia: 1865): p. 45.

7 Charles Desilver. The Life of Christopher Columbus (Philadelphia: 1865): p. 46-47.

8 John Noble Wilford. The Mysterious History of Columbus: An Exploration of the Man, the
Myth, the Legacy (New York: Vintage Books, 1991): p. 149.

9 J.M. Cohen. The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Baltimore: Penguin Books,
1969): p. 117.

10 J.M. Cohen. The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Baltimore: Penguin Books,
1969): p. 117.

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