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Letter: Columbus wasn’t a saint, he was a great navigator

Columbus wasn’t a saint, he was a great navigator

Christopher Columbus is not a candidate for sainthood. However, he performed a supreme feat of navigation in traversing the unchartered waters of the Atlantic Ocean and discovering the theretofore unknown Western Hemisphere.

However, what Columbus discovered was a wilderness devoid of cities, government and police forces. What caught his attention and that of numerous sailors and explorers was the gold and wealth of two continents, which aroused greed and violence.

Civilizations are not created by the command of an explorer but by the dedication, labor and cooperation of people, and require much time and effort to achieve order and civilization.

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Lucian C. Parlato

Amherst

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