The basic story of Columbus is pretty much the same no matter where you read about it. Historians everywhere have gathered enough information to know Columbus set sail for Asia but bumped into land before hitting Asia. On October 12, 1492 Columbus thought he hit the rim of the “Indies” so he called the people Indians. Mistakingly, it was actually an island in the Bahamas that they came across. That’s the straight forward version of Columbus finding the New World but people go further into it and find their own interpretation.
The American Pageant talks about his finding with strictly facts but they do it from a different point of view then A People's History. In A People’s History it talks about Columbus’s discovery from the Indians point of view. Mentioning how more than half the population got killed off because the Europeans. In The American Pageant, they sort of put that part off trying to make Columbus sound more like a hero.
Personally I don’t think Columbus was neither a hero nor a bad person. He just happened to be the person who ran into the New World before anyone else did. It could have been anybody but he got lucky. Even though the Europeans killed many Indians it’s mostly because of their king. In those days people would do unimaginable things to please their king.
Some people may consider it bad and some people may not. Columbus did find the land we now call the United States of America, our homeland, and our country. Knowing all the killing that took place is horrible but that’s just what they did when they wanted land back then. No matter how you see Columbus, he still discovered the New World.