Name: __________________________________ DUE: August 26
Reflections on Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress
Compose an exactly 50 word sentence that you feels best explains/summarizes
Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn. Use the most
precise language you can to best convey the meaning of the work, avoiding
superfluous phrases that are already understood (such as “the author states”,
“within this work”, etc).
Understanding the Evidence
How did the goals and financial responsibilities of Columbus influence the early actions of the
Spanish in the New World?
What basic patterns exist in the relationship between the Spanish and Native Americans from the
late 1400s through the 1600s?
What basic patterns exist in the relationship between the English and Native Americans during
the 1600s? How/why did methods or attitudes differ from the Spanish?
How did Nash attempt to contrast the Europeans and Native Americans to demonstrate the
attitudes held by Europeans when conquering the Americas?
In your own words, what is the author’s thesis? Explain whether it is well defended or areas
where weaknesses or bias may be present.