About the Reading

27 10 2009

In the reading about Columbus and the Indians, I learned some shocking things. However, I also read some things that I found interesting, namely that, “nations are not communities and never have been” and “the history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest….between conquerors and conquered…” (11). Looking at the first quote, there are many things that come to mind. One in particular being that I wonder how close a nation can come to being a community. Does the size affect it the most? Or perhaps it is the lifestyle and cultural practices of the nation. It is understandable that a nation like America that has a wide variety of cultures would be unable to call itself a community, but what about small, primarily one culture countries? And how does the Philippines compare to other countries in regards to how communal it is? As far as the other quote, this is something that I heard in passing before, but in the reading context, it was made much clearer. It was interesting, or, to put it more precisely horrifying, reading about Columbus’s conquests from the other side of the issue, aka from the Indian’s (Native Americans) perspective.

Marisah Garcia




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