Lies My Teacher Told Me



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Lies My Teacher Told Me

James W. Loewen

Chapter 2 1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus
Directions: Read the excerpts from chapter 2 and answer the following questions in your notebook.


  1. Identify the five significant developments that Loewen credits with paving the way for Europeans to dominate the world in the beginning of the 15th century. 




  1. What are the actual facts of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage?




  1. Why do you think American History textbooks promote the belief that the most important developments in world history are traceable to Europe?




  1. What are some of the myths surrounding Columbus according to Loewen?




  1. Loewen credits Columbus with two phenomena. What are they and how do they continue to inform US relations with foreign nations today?


Lies My Teacher Told Me

James W. Loewen

Chapter 2 1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus
Directions: Read the excerpts from chapter 2 and answer the following questions in your notebook.


  1. Identify the five significant developments that Loewen credits with paving the way for Europeans to dominate the world in the beginning of the 15th century. 




  1. What are the actual facts of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage?




  1. Why do you think American History textbooks promote the belief that the most important developments in world history are traceable to Europe?




  1. What are some of the myths surrounding Columbus according to Loewen?




  1. Loewen credits Columbus with two phenomena. What are they and how do they continue to inform US relations with foreign nations today?



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