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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Post # 6: Cristopher Columbus

Does Columbus deserve a National Holiday name for him?

I think Columbus should have a national holiday dedicated to him and his discovery. However, as Howard Zinn clearly states, Columbus was not the only explorer who made an important discovery, and they are not getting any credit. Some might argue that Cristopher Columbus should not be honored because he committed atrocious mistakes and killed thousands of people. Although this is true "Columbus was a flawed hero, like all men are flawed..." Warren H. Carroll. Even a hero can have flaws, and Columbus should not be criticized for making mistakes.

Blog Post #5: Socratic Seminar Reflection

2-3 main ideas
  1. We questioned if Columbus had really discovered America or if discovery is a very strong word to describe what he did.
  2. Then we argumented against Columbus because he had really mean and aggressive ways to get what he wanted.
  3. Lastly, we discussed that, even though Columbus did an amazing discovery, but other explorers did great voyages as well and Columbus should not be the only one getting acknowledged.

Interesting Ideas
One interesting idea that we discussed in the seminar was that if Columbus had never discovered America, maybe someone else would have discovered it. Or maybe, they would have discovered it with technology, like satellites. What would have happened?

Disagree
I disagreed when people said that Columbus had not achieved his goals. It is true that he never reach asia, but he did bring back gold, he expanded Christianity and got glory, which were three really big goals for him. And as Warren H. Carroll says in the article Honoring Columbus "...he accomplished the most against the highest odds"

My Participation
I think I did a good job in the Socratic seminar because almost every time that I spoke, I referenced the text. However, I know that sometimes I gave my own ideas, and did not give quotes from the article, but in general I think I did a good job. Next time I will try to reference the text every time I speak.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Blog Post #4: Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer, who discovered that Columbus had not gone to the Indies, he had discovered a completely new continent. After his discovery, the continent started to be called America. "America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine navigator and explorer who played a prominent role in exploring the New World." biography.com Editors. Article: Amerigo Vespucci.  Before Amerigo Vespucci, explorers thought they had arrived to Asia, so I wonder what if Amerigo Vespucci had never realized this? Would we have adapted an Indian culture? Would we have our own culture?

Blog Post #3: Socratic Reflection

1. Share 2-3 main ideas you are taking away from the seminar
We discussed that the author is very bias about the Socratic dialogue because he says it is the best way. He is not taking into account that different people,  learn in different ways and not everybody learns his way.

I also learned and discussed that the author is not being clear when he says that history can tell the future because he only mentions it one time, and after that never reasons it.

We discussed that the author is making a very good point when the author says that we have not learned form our mistakes. If we had, things like poverty and war would probably not exist.

2. Interesting Ideas
If we had truly learned from our mistakes, would poverty, injustice and war not exist? Or would we somehow keep falling into the same loop over and over?

3. Disagree
I disagreed when some people said that the author was being bias about the teachers. The author mentioned that some teachers had a bad method, not that they were bad teachers. He also mentioned that in High School he had GREAT teachers.

4. My Participation
I contributed with some thoughts and questions. However in the next seminar I will try to participate more. Sadly I feel that some people talked too much and they yelled in order to be heard. By  doing this, they didn't let others speak more than once, including myself. I hope next time EVERYONE gets a chance to speak more than one time.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Blog Post #2

The "face of North America" was drastically altered as a result of the early encounters between Native Americans and Europeans.

I agree with this statement because with the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans learned new ways of doing things. For instance, they learned how to handle axes, knives and various other tools that helped them produce things faster. Before the early encounters, Native Americans had very little tools, and the ones they had, weren't very useful.

"Copper, axes, knives, cloth, and the technologies that produced them were the most important aspect of Native peoples’ discovery of Europe, and the most important reason that Native leaders persistently sought alliances with Europeans, untrustworthy as those who ate wood and blood might be." Daniel Richter

 Besides showing them tools, Europeans showed the Natives new religions, guns and, basically, a completely new life style. But whether it was because of the tools, the religion, the guns or any other thing, the fact is that the natives completely changed their lifestyle after the early encounters and, even now, they keep changing their ways of living, without ever looking back.