Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blogpost #6 Does Columbus deserve a national holiday name for him?

Does Columbus deserve a national holiday name for him?

I think Columbus does deserve a national holiday for himself because of several reasons. First of all I think deserves a national holiday because without him we wouldn't be here. Maybe another explorer would have discovered but the life would be very different. Secondly in the article A People's History of the United States it says that a lot of Natives died but a lot of people said that he killed them all because of various reasons but he didn't kill them all and he didn't start killing them, when he came in his second trip some of his men were killed and then the conflict began but the gold didn't hurt. Also not necessarily every Arawak was killed by spaniards but in the same article it says that, among the Arawaks, mass suicide began. So it was not only because of Spanish killing Arawaks but disease and suicide also did it. I think the People's History of the United States is very important to understand the numbers and how many people died and the reasons why, to understand what really happy. Also the article Honoring Christopher Columbus is very important to look at the other side. The crash course and DBQ were also very useful of the situation in America to see that he did a lot of things correctly. Finally I remember that in primary and elementary school they only thought us that he was good. But even after seeing what were his flaws I think that what he did deserves a Holiday. 

Blogpost #5 Socratic Seminar Reflection

Socratic Seminar Reflection

1. One main idea I got from seminar is that if Columbus would not have lied he wouldn't have been expected to bring so much gold and slaves which lead to a lot of conflict. Another main idea was that if Columbus would have never discovered America were would we be now or would even exist. The last main idea I got from the discussion was that there is evidence for both points of view and that he had some good things and some bad. 

2.  I think the most interesting point I heard in the seminar was Soren's point where he said that he may had been very bad to the Natives and that if he wouldn't had discovered America somebody else would probably had but if it wasn't for him we probably wouldn't be here.

3.  An idea I really disagreed with was Santiago Cortes idea when he said that if Columbus would come back with not so much gold he would be executed. I think this does not make sense because the queen of Spain told him he could go and if he founded something he would have to bring it back to Spain. But if not he wouldn't be executed or treated unfairly. 

4. I think I should get a good grade because I took notes from the articles and made really good open ended questions. During the seminar I contribute to the discussion and when I talked I had strong evidence to support what I said.

Blogpost #5 Socratic Seminar Reflection

Socratic Seminar Reflection

1. One main idea I got from seminar is that if Columbus would not have lied he wouldn't have been expected to bring so much gold and slaves which lead to a lot of conflict. Another main idea was that if Columbus would have never discovered America were would we be now or would even exist. The last main idea I got from the discussion was that there is evidence for both points of view and that he had some good things and some bad. 

2.  I think the most interesting point I heard in the seminar was Soren's point where he said that he may had been very bad to the Natives and that if he wouldn't had discovered America somebody else would probably had but if it wasn't for him we probably wouldn't be here.

3.  An idea I really disagreed with was Santiago Cortes idea when he said that if Columbus would come back with not so much gold he would be executed. I think this does not make sense because the queen of Spain told him he could go and if he founded something he would have to bring it back to Spain. But if not he wouldn't be executed or treated unfairly. 

4. I think I should get a good grade because I took notes from the articles and made really good open ended questions. During the seminar I contribute to the discussion and when I talked I had strong evidence to support what I said.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Blogpost #4 Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama

          Vasco da Gama was a portuguese explorer born in Sines, Portugal around 1460. Portugal wanted and always had a dream of reaching Asia by sea. King Manuel 1 chose Vasco da Gama to lead this expedition and he wanted to be the first one to make it. He left Lisbon in July 1497 with  four ships headed towards Africa and after a hard year of sailing and stopping in the coast he arrived at Calicut, India. He was the first person to sail directly from Europe to Asia so of course this made Portugal one of the world powers. In http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/vasco-da-gama says that Vasco da Gama was welcomed home in Portugal like a hero because he had completed his goal and sailed to Asia by sea. In the same page it says that a lot of his crew including his brother had died because of sicknesses. I think that that article says that he did accomplish his goals. When I was younger my spanish teachers always fought me about Christopher Colombus and nobody else. But now I know that there were a lot more very important explorers including Vasco da Gama who did very important things for the world.

Blogpost #3 Socratic Seminar Reflection

Socratic Seminar Reflection

1. One main idea I got from the seminar was that knowing the history  of your job can be very important. Also that the socrates is the best and most interesting way to learn history. Finally I got that selfishness is not always bad and that everything has history.

2. I think that the most interesting thing I heard in the seminar was how important it is to be wise and have a lot of knowledge. If Socrates was only wise imagine what you could do.

3. I most disagreed when Nicolas M said that he thought that maybe the recently created jobs don't have history. But everything has history at least the history at how it was created.

4. I think I proposed a good question and when I talked I always had evidence. For the next time I will try to speak more times.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Blogpost #2 DBQ #10

DBQ Question 10

        The face of north america changed a lot in the encounters between europeans and native americans. In the beginning there were a lot more natives than europeans, but at the end it was upside down. You could see that a lot of natives were dying because of conflict or disease. Meanwhile more europeans are moving and colonising north america. You can see the numbers in document ten where it tells you the numbers. In document nine gives you a list of the diseases and some reasons the numbers when down so quickly. It happened when they discovered all america. Colombia was very similar with the numbers and problems with the native americans. Also now a days in the school you can get a virus very easily but a lot less deadly than before.