This week in our series, we tell the story of a clash of cultures and beliefs.
But Columbus was not one of them Christopher Columbus carried ideas that boded ill for Indies natives. They had been looking for it—they knew it existed—and, familiar as they were with Arrival of new world and old, they had no difficulty in recognizing it when they saw it.
On their way, however, they saw a good many things they had not been looking for and were not familiar with. When they returned to Spain to tell what they had seen, it was not a simple matter to find words for everything. They called it a tiger, although there were no tigers in Spain and none of the men had ever seen one before.
How, the learned man asked them, did they know that the ferocious animal was a tiger?
They answered "that they knewe it by the spottes, fiercenesse, agilitie, and such other markes and tokens whereby auncient writers have described the Tyger.
Men, confronted with things they do not recognize, turn to the writings of those who have had a wider experience. And in it was still assumed that the ancient writers had had a wider experience than those who came after them.
Columbus himself had made that assumption. His discoveries posed for him, as for others, a problem of identification. It seemed to be a question not so much of giving names to new lands as of finding the proper old names, and the same was true of the things that the new lands contained.
Cruising through the Caribbean, enchanted by the beauty and variety of what he saw, Columbus assumed that the strange plants and trees were strange only because he was insufficiently versed in the writings of men who did know them.
Only idiots escape entirely from the world that the past bequeaths. The discovery of America opened a new world, full of new things and new possibilities for those with eyes to see them.
But the New World did not erase the Old. Rather, the Old World determined what men saw in the New and what they did with it. What America became after depended both on what men found there and on what they expected to find, both on what America actually was and on what old writers and old experience led men to think it was, or ought to be or could be made to be.
During the decade beforeas Columbus nursed a growing urge to sail west to the Indies—as the lands of China, Japan and India were then known in Europe—he was studying the old writers to find out what the world and its people were like.
Columbus was not a scholarly man. Yet he studied these books, made hundreds of marginal notations in them and came out with ideas about the world that were characteristically simple and strong and sometimes wrong, the kind of ideas that the self-educated person gains from independent reading and clings to in defiance of what anyone else tries to tell him.
The strongest one was a wrong one—namely, that the distance between Europe and the eastern shore of Asia was short, indeed, that Spain was closer to China westward than eastward.
Columbus never abandoned this conviction. And before he set out to prove it by sailing west from Spain, he studied his books to find out all he could about the lands that he would be visiting. From Marco Polo he learned that the Indies were rich in gold, silver, pearls, jewels and spices.
The Great Khan, whose empire stretched from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean, had displayed to Polo a wealth and majesty that dwarfed the splendors of the courts of Europe. Polo also had things to say about the ordinary people of the Far East.
Those in the province of Mangi, where they grew ginger, were averse to war and so had fallen an easy prey to the khan. On Nangama, an island off the coast, described as having "great plentie of spices," the people were far from averse to war: There were, in fact, man-eating people in several of the offshore islands, and in many islands both men and women dressed themselves with only a small scrap of cloth over their genitals.
On the island of Discorsia, in spite of the fact that they made fine cotton cloth, the people went entirely naked.I recently started a US History course at school and we started with a reading on Christopher Columbus' arrival to the New World.
The reading consistently states how Columbus and his company traded with the natives along with him communicating with the natives. The terms "Old World" vs.
"New World" are meaningful in historical context and for the purpose of distinguishing the world's major ecozones, and to classify plant and animal species that originated therein.
One can speak of the "New World" in a historical context, e.g.
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THE LURE OF VIRGINIA - GOD, GLORY, AND GOLD: These were the forces that lured the first English settlers in to the new and untamed wilderness of Virginia.
They carried with them the Church of England and the hopes to convert the Native Americans to Protestant Christianity.
They wanted to. New World Foods. by Bethany Remy. A lot of the foods that we enjoy today have not been around forever. When Christopher Columbus sailed west in , he discovered a lot more than just new people and new land.
On this new land that he discovered there were new kinds of food that Europeans had never heard of or seen. The Columbian exchange started to connect the New and Old Worlds with the transmission of ideas, plants, animals, and diseases.
Two worlds that had grown apart with very different organisms started to become homogeneous (Crosby, ).