“Profit was the driving force behind Columbus’
Howard Zinn once wrote that “Profit was the driving force behind Columbus’ expedition and behind his actions after he landed.” From the chapter, “Columbus, the Indians and Human Progress” what evidence can you find to support this statement? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Do you think the actions of Columbus and other Spanish explorers referred to in this chapter and the writings of Las Casas can be defined as acts of genocide? How and why?