Below is a link to Christopher Columbus’s journal from his first voyage in 1492. Columbus left Spain in August 1492 and reached the Caribbean islands in October 1492. In the assigned journal entries, he describes the exploration of the Caribbean islands and his initial contact with indigenous peoples of the islands.
Source: “Christopher Columbus: Extracts from Journal,” Internet History Sourcebook
Please reading the introductory paragraph and journal entries for 14-16 October 1492 and then answer the following discussion question in no less than 200 words.
1. According to Columbus, how were the Europeans received by the native peoples of the Caribbean islands?
2. How does Columbus describe the native peoples he encounters?
3. Do you believe that Columbus’s accounts are reliable sources of information about native peoples of the Caribbean islands? Why or why not?
4. How does Columbus’s account reflect Europeans’ motives for overseas exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries?