The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 88 – On Columbus


Oct 10, 2020

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The talk over Christopher Columbus’s legacy has a tendency to return
and forth from cartoonish demonization to glossing over the person’s
actual faults. Robert Royal, in his e-book Columbus and the Disaster
of the West
, does neither of the ones issues, as an alternative giving a
nuanced image of Columbus’s motives, worldview, faults and

The e-book is going past Columbus himself, on the other hand, analyzing the
total importance of the encounters between cultures that
came about within the Age of Exploration, how we do historical past, and the way the
West idealizes and instrumentalizes local peoples for its personal
functions of self-hatred.

Columbus used to be neither a genocidal maniac nor a saint; whilst he
didn’t “uncover” The united states, he did uncover the sector—as a lot for
Local American citizens as for Europeans.


[2:42] Explanation why for a brand new version

[7:11] The evolution of Columbus’s legacy earlier than fresh
a long time

[13:16] Columbus’s motives: God, glory and gold, and their

[16:25] A breakdown of Columbus’ extraordinary achievements

[20:56] Did Columbus uncover The united states?

[25:38] Family members with the natives on Columbus’s first discuss with to
The united states

[33:26] Did Columbus intend to be a conqueror? His screw ups as a

[41:25] Columbus didn’t identify the Atlantic slave industry;
slavery in each tradition

[45:40] No institutional construction during which Columbus may combat
abuse of natives

[49:17] Spain’s function within the construction of global legislation and
common human rights

[53:38] How we have a good time sophisticated historic figures


Columbus and the Disaster of the West

Unfastened Columbus Day seminar with Robert Royal, Christopher Test
and Wilfred McClay

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