Christopher Columbus is less remembered becouse of the mission failure.
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On the other hand, if Columbus had succeeded in uniting east and west in terms of trade he would not only have been more congratulated at the time (for bringing the trade goods he might have brought back) he would also be remembered as a great explorer for uniting the two through sea.
Ironically (and this is somewhat irrelevant, but whatever) the northwest passage will be opened in several decades time, due to rising sea levels...
But on the other hand, their mission opened the way to the world for transferring from feudalism to capitalism regime. We should not turn a blind eye from it.
Had Columbus begun trade with the east rather than "discovering" the Americas, industrialization and capitalism might have occurred regardless due to the competitive nature of feudal Europe at that time. In fact, other civilizations became capitalist/industrialist without having to exploit the resources of an entire continent. Feudal countries have become capitalist without the help of resource exploitation, examples of this range from capitalism in the medieval Islamic world to capitalism in mid - 19th century medieval Japan, although one could argue that the latter was influenced by Europe.
However, there is no saying that trade between west and east couldn't have had dramatic effects as did colonialism, and there is no saying that this could not have increased the possibility of the rise of mercantilism and merchant capitalism just as colonialism did. Columbus, as I have argued, might have been just as remembered, if not more, if he had connected east and west, maybe even more so depending upon what you would put in place of North America, although that can be left to the realm of speculative fiction.
Columbus is significant as a point in history, but as an explorer himself he pales in comparison to others whose exploits were far greater than his. Had he truly reached Asia from Europe he might well have been better remembered, because the effects would have been more immediate - Christopher in reality did not make contact with any of the great nations or empires of the Americas. In fact, Christopher was not the first to arrive in the Americas, what with the Vikings in ca. 1000 CE and (possibly) a Chinese vessel in ca. 1422 CE.
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Vote Placed by socialpinko 10 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: This seemed like really more of a discussion then a debate. Con seemed more committed to talking about the issue which while being generally more useful in discerning truth, is not useful in winning a debate which is what this is. Pro did a good job of showing other possible reasons for Columbus' lack of remembrance in relation to other explorers (he didn't colonize or settle, nor did he link Eastern to Western trade routes).