Essayon the Accounts of Columbus and Cabeza de Vaca.
In1492, Christopher Columbus first set sail, where he came upon theisland Hispaniola. None of the Europeans was alive when he returnedthere in 1494. This was not supposed to be a reason to shock themsince any moment when Europeans met with “Indians” peace couldnot prevail. This reason could be why other Europeans pressed chargesagainst him, forcing him to return to Spain in 1496. On his thirdvoyage, Columbus was placed under arrest in Panama.
AlvarNunez Cabeza De Vaca may have seen Christopher Columbus in chains,seeing he was from a nearby village. Cabeza De Vaca went off to thewars in Italy and also fought in Spain. He traveled to many places onthe Narvaez expedition. He saw Florida, Mexico City, and Algeria.Alvar was also forbidden to come back to America. His sufferings andnear death experiences were recorded in “The Relation of AlvarNunez Cabeza De Vaca.
ChristopherColumbus is the man that most people credits for discovering America.He was the first to create the widespread interest in the new worldand make it a highlight of colonization efforts by the Spanish.Columbus discovered America in somewhat of an ‘official capacity’as he did the exploration under the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand andIsabella. Columbus also did not sail just for adventure alone butalso to get the tremendous profits that were to be made by reachingIndies. Columbus sailed in the years between 1492 and 1504. AlvarNunez Cabeza de Vaca was also an explorer from Spain and sailed underthe Emperor, Charles V, who was a grandson to Ferdinand and Isabella.He sailed between the years of 1529 and 1537. Cabeza de Vaca accountsto the native America described the people in a modest way, thoughhis account there were rumors of a vastly rich native land back inAmerica. This inspired some explorers later seeking riches. Columbusand Cabeza de Vaca both composed a series of letters addressing thecentral issues of their sails.
Columbusletters primary objective was to list his unnoticed accomplishments,justly sufferings, and devotion to his Monarchs (Baym & Nina,2012). The intention of Columbus was to please his Majesty (Baym &Nina, 2012). Columbus view of the natives was that of an open mindand accepting manner as depicted by the letter. Columbus portrays apicture that describes the natives as being incredibly generous, butalso not civilized communities.
Cabezade Vaca experience in the new land and how he expresses theexperiences in the letters shows that he was humble. His accountconcerning the natives is thoughtful and describes them in a kindway. It is also evident that he harbors no ill feelings towards thenatives. He states how well he was treated by the natives and how hetried to accustom himself with the lifestyle of the natives. He evengoes further and records in a detailed manner the natives’lifestyle and even sounds as an anthropologist. Although his accountabout the people ends on a sympathetic note, this is due to the hardcircumstances that surround the natives.
Toconclude the two explorers, Columbus appears not to be reliable.Columbus perceived the natives as primitive people who are kind. Onthe other hand, Cabeza de Vaca accounts may seem to be reliable asthey depict of an individual who sees the natives as good people whoare just surrounded but harsh environments.
Baym,Nina, (2012). TheNorton Anthology of American Literature.8th ed. NewYork, Pg. 25 – 37.