In Defense of Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil
In Defense of Columbus An Exaggerated Evil

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Columbus is a controversial historical figure who is widely viewed as terrible. Every year we question whether we should continue to have a day to celebrate his discovery. But as with most stories, his bad deeds have been exaggerated to make him fit the role of a villain. Website ► http://knowingbetter.tv Store ► http://standard.tv/knowingbetter Patreon ► http://patreon.com/knowingbetter Twitter ► https://twitter.com/KnowingBetterYT Facebook ► https://facebook.com/KnowingBetterYT/ Reddit ► https://reddit.com/r/KnowingBetter/ --- Adam Ruins Everything - Christopher Columbus Was a Murderous Moron | truTV - https://youtu.be/k8PQXiJiLOY DED Talks: Why Christopher Columbus Was History's Biggest Dick - https://youtu.be/kx6DpWgLt2g Why The Right Is So Dishonest About American History - Some News (Thanksgiving, Football) - https://youtu.be/Ek0195TInzs Christopher Columbus: Bankrupting an Empire - https://youtu.be/ig5VQK1BjDg The Truth About The Native American Genocide - https://youtu.be/WNHKDJzgqJg Mankind: The Story of All of Us, Episode 7, "New World" F**k Christopher Columbus - https://youtu.be/ROvy_B5iDzA Original Manuscripts and Transcripts of Columbus's Journals in Spanish, from Bartolome de las Casas: https://books.google.com/books?id=nS6kRnXJgCEC A note on putting this into Google Translate: Since this is 500 year old Spanish, they use spellings that have changed over time. English Translations of Columbus' Journals: http://www.historyguide.org/earlymod/columbus.html http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/diarioofchristophercolombus.html http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=3&psid=3892 http://www.americanjourneys.org/pdf/AJ-062.pdf Italian Translation of Columbus' Journals: http://docenti.lett.unisi.it/ftp_blog/greppi_claudio/Modulo%20A%202007-08/testi/COLOMBO.pdf A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies: http://www.columbia.edu/~daviss/work/files/presentations/casshort/ Delaney, C. L. (2013). Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem. London: Duckworth. https://books.google.com/books?id=3pkbGQs2vnoC [Columbus Letter describing Terrestrial Paradise] Holmstrom, D. (1992, October 9). Discovering Columbus After 500 Years. Christian Science Monitor. [ARE Source: 1542 Taino Population] Kolbert, E. (2002, October 14). The Lost Mariner. Retrieved December 01, 2017, from https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/10/14/the-lost-mariner [ARE Source: Pear-shaped/Breastlike Protuberance] Leardo, G. (1453). #242 The Leardo World Maps . Retrieved December 01, 2017, from http://cartographic-images.net/Cartographic_Images/242_Leardo_World_Maps.html [World Maps Oriented with East/Paradise on Top] Markham, C. R. (1893). The Journal of Christopher Columbus (during his first voyage 1492-93): and documents relating the voyages of John Cabot and Caspar Corte Real. https://books.google.com/books?id=MggkDwAAQBAJ [Toscanelli Letters to Columbus] Schilling, V. (2017, October 09). 8 Myths and Atrocities About Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. Retrieved December 1, 2017, from https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/events/8-myths-and-atrocities-about-christopher-columbus-and-columbus-day/ [ARE Source: 1492 Taino Population] Thacher, J. B. (1903). Christopher Columbus: His life, His works, His remains. New York: G.P. Putnams Sons. https://books.google.com/books?id=7yUSAAAAYAAJ [Bartolome de las Casas did not travel with Columbus] Zerubavel, E. (2005). Terra Cognita: The Mental Discovery of America. New Brunswick, N.J: Transaction. https://books.google.com/books?id=YkLCiKN0x4UC ["Hitherto Unknown" Continent/Cuba SE of Asia] --- Photo Credits -https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cKEIIQx7ivnmd1ZgdgTmFc0PoYUIHzyveJXxLr3Qzks Music Credits - "Furious Freak" and "Inspired" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Intro and Channel Art by PoetheWonderCat https://poethewondercat.tumblr.com/ https://patreon.com/poethewondercat --- Hashtags: #history #america #usa #columbusday #columbus #christophercolumbus #fuckcolumbus #american #indian #native #nativeamerican #americanhistory #spanish #truth #villain

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Mr. White Dog : Finally, someone addressed the cancerous Adam ruins everything

Antonie de Koning : I've never seen someone look so calm and angry at the same time in my entire life.

Alexander Korol : Childhood is thinking that Columbus was a hero Adolescence is thinking that Columbus was a villain Adulthood is knowing that Columbus was a human, just like the rest of us

Legitpenguins69 : TLDR: History is complicated and has been corrupted by alot of different people to suit their own agendas

CHEEJOEKAY : I was shocked at the title, but after watching the video I am glad I did. Your video was great. Although Im critical of Columbus I did feel like Adam Conovers video was misleading and thats without me knowing all of the context you explained. We need more Youtube channels like yours that try to be objective and give context to complicated things.

imagede zach : Good video, but seriously consult a linguist or philologist for the stuff regarding language, because using multiple bad translations (Google translate included) doesn't not necessarily give a good understanding of the original text.

GrumpyPenguin : People hate Columbus but still call Alexander great

ellie : I don't think he's trying to romanticize Colombus. This is part of a two-parter where he tries to demystify historical figures (Colombus and Gandhi) who are portrayed as exaggeratedly bad or good in retrospect.

Janet Jongebloed : I hate Adam Ruins Everything. I knew he was bullshit, but this is such a beautiful refutation.

UltraGalaxyify : Can you do me a solid, and destroy Adam Ruins Everything?

S MacK : You're pretty cool man, keep it up.

rvharkless : Wow this was such an informative video. I have to confess that I took the bait hard in the last few years with all the Columbus hate. Just the other day I repeated most of "facts" that were disproven in this video. I'm very thankful that I found this video so I never do that again.

Matthew Lee : How to conquer an entire continent. Step 1: sneeze on one of the locals Step 2: wait a year

Black Edelweiss : I wish you coule go on Joe Rogan and discuss this. I'm tired of debating people EVERY SINGLE FKING YEAR.

Juan Alberto Vargas Mesén : I'm sorry, but you shouldn't probably use Google Translate, like, at all. It's a good overall guidance, but won't tell you nuance (or lack thereof) any better than a translation. There's another problem: this is very old Spanish, which I doubt Google handles very well. I struggle a bit in trying to understand what it says (and I'm a native Spanish speaker), but some parts are very plain. From what I can tell it says the following: "[something I don't understand]... when you commanded so, they can all be taken to Castille, or have them captive on the same island. Because with fifty men [I/you?] could have them all subjugated: and [I/you?] will have them do everything [I/you?] want." I remember having read this before, and if I remember correctly, when he says "you" he was addressing the Queen. I also have my doubts with the word "sojuzgado" because it sounds archaic and it's very similar to the word for "judged" (as in a trial), however, the Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy does say it means "to dominate with violence". So yeah, even if translation is slightly changed, it does sound just as awful. Edit for clarification: other than that, those are very interesting points.

ZaccMDL : Adam really does ruin everything

Apple Islander : Finally! A moderate, well-researched opinion on the topic.

Hoppz1414 : Thankfully someone who seems pretty unbiased covered the FACTS about Columbus. Thank you for this video!

Jean Editing : It's good to correct misinformation, but some of this feels like nitpicking because things like the servant/subject distinction make such little functional difference (I don't think one is significantly less evil than the other in case of colonialism). That said, the stuff about the "compression" and the defaming historical sources was very interesting.

Matt McGuire : Similar thing here in Australia. Blame everything on Captain James Cook rather than accept at some stage you were going to be discovered* and everything was going to change. But it is easier to hate and throw blame than to accept that what happened was inevitable. * Discover simply means to uncover. It does not mean in every case to see for the very first time. That is very narrow view designed to distract or be politically correct.

Cocoa The Clown : Something important about the columbus slavery point Columbus was Catholic and Catholics didn't enslave Christians because it says so in the bible, not to mention the Pope at the time had written letters and created legislation he demanded all of christendom to not take slaves from the new world but to convert them, again christians couldn't own fellow chrisitians this is why surprisingly south african boers were some of the first to free african slaves due to them converting to Christianity

Quigle- Dorf : Adam Ruins His Credibility

Cory Thompson : I always found the blatant condemnation of Columbus as a bit ridiculous and doesn’t really seem as an objective accusation.

Jacob Howson : I don't see a problem with him

M Merritt : Hey great video man. Thanks for trying to be objective and reasonable. A TON OF RESEARCH!! Thanks

Right of Reason : You should go after those anti-vaxxer lunatics. Since the state of Washington just declared a public health emergency due to a measles outbreak those idiots caused, it’s about damn time somebody knocked them down.

palomdude : "If we can pin 400 years of awful history onto one guy, it shifts all of the guilt for what happened to the native americans away from the rest of us." I think this quote explains a lot.

Zaid : Leif Erikson would never have been pronounced as “leaf”, current estimations claim that it would have been pronounced as “life” or “lay-f”

Mary S. : Drat, another mispronunciation of Newfoundland!

ClintDempsey76 : So weird to think we've reached a point where it's edgy to defend someone who is basically a national hero a generation ago and the favorite son of an entire immigrant subset

Nick Cantu III : @adamruinseverything you just got wrecked bro! lol this is my first video i seen from you and I am definitely subscribing. Finally someone who uses real sources and real facts. Awesome channel!

Michael Gamba : amazing video! and long overdue! thank you.

Poopy butt Butt head : My relatives came from Poland in the early 1900s so ha

Elbert Perez : I still do and always have Loved Columbus.  He wasn't a saint, but he was brave enough to believe in an idea and risk his very Life for it when the world was telling him he was wrong or crazy.  While his idea wasn't America, his efforts did to America.  That makes him venerable.  Day of the Americas

Carlos Suarez : If any of you were 15th Century sailors you would've done the same thing.....

Mr. Beat : Check out those sources, folks. This dude does not mess around.

Dan_GD : This is a great video. The research is impeccable. Not only I learned a lot about Columbus, but also a lot about USA culture. I didn't know USA people had an issue with Columbus as an historical figure. At least here in Mexico the controversy always revolts around Hernán Cortez; I'm not going to take a side on his case, but official History usually portrays him as the "genocide", they take him as the epitome of the conquistador. Also, it's still somehow disturbing (even when I discovered it a while ago) to hear someone referring América as two continents (both USA people -- yes, I refuse to say 'Americans' -- and Cubans do it -- funny, isn't it?).

Another 90 days to change this : I see many people regarding the translations as bad and dissing this video. I'd like to say that it has MUCH to do with context in time. To subjugate a people is to rule over them. Like how the Romans ruled over the new territories. The "servants" would be the servants of the Crown or (on less concrete terms) God. This stuff is implicit, but in that time, being a servant meant you served the crown. Columbus himself was a servant, what else was he doing? Just because many of you probably don't live under authority of a king doesn't mean your perception of life always existed back then.

Spencer Grant : Gotta applaud you for striving to bring balance to the revisionist history focusing on Columbus. I still want to see him as a bad guy, but you helped me accept that he was no worse than so many of his time and later. Fact is, we humans are a wretched race - I don't care what group you or I belong to. You use research and reason to frame your defense and you readily admit the man was no saint. Thanks.

Dexter Whit : thank you for bringing a good amount of honest balance. Pure anthropology is recollecting not only what a person did but also capable of doing. edit: also dude the moment you said the comment about the draft animals, the moment dude said that i paused it and told her the same things. Thats awesome, good call.

Groaznic : I subscribed when you said "they had a difficult spawn point".

Brian Reiner : I have to say it was refreshing the way that you took on this topic.

Telvanni Retainer : Glad he knows about the Black Legend about Spain. When Simeone from the anglosphere knows about it then you know that he knows his stuff

chrisiv1000 : Man, great video, but damn it's hard to get through just because of the clips from adam ruins everything lol

Thecommander248 : Small correction, llama can be used as small pack animals and the reindeer in Canada could conceivably be domesticated and used as pack animals just as Russian ones were. Given they could only really be used in Canada, this is of limited use to the Natives. Same with moose who, again mostly exist in Canada. I was going to suggest the American Bison as a potential pack animal, but a quick search of them online says that bison are too unpredictable to be domesticated efficiently. They also used alpacas and dogs as beasts of burden, but none of these three animals are particularly large. So yeah, the Native Americans were fucked when it came to not having big pack animals.

Gabri'el Alexander : Sigh... I clicked on this knowing full well that I would disagree with this guy or at the very least I would find someone who has his own agenda... but no. His video puts many national and international shows and documentaries of Columbus to shame.

Sir Buzzkillington : I am 100% here for this channel i love it

Mr Reagan : This is a brilliant video. Thanks for making this. Subscribed.

SiGHT SMaSH : Pls do a one about Adam ruins everything hypocrite