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It turns out Christopher Columbus set out to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims — Crusader. This is documented in his writings and in his agreement with Queen Isabella.
He was convinced the end of the world was imminent as indicated by the mass death of the Black Plague, and that Jesus was coming back to save the world — Millennialist.
He considered his voyages his religious mission and he set about to baptize the indigenous peoples he found so as to save them from slavery (the baptized could not be enslaved) and save their souls — Missionary and Abolitionist.
Oh, and he was also a Franciscan monk.
I’m taking this from an interview with Carol Delaney, cultural anthropologist, and author of the highly acclaimed, Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem: How Religion Drove the Voyages that Led to America.
But, go ahead and take down his statues ye of woke moral superiority. Just count me out of your Brave New World.
Edit: I should add that Carol Delaney isn’t Catholic and isn’t even religious. Do not be discouraged from watching the interview just because it’s a Catholic program. She is not defending Christopher Columbus out of some sense of religious loyalty. She’s defending him based on what he wrote — and, even more — because she admires the man for his character. Remember when character used to count? Yeah, those were the good old days.Published in