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Teaching Imperialism, Colonialism, and Racism in United States History: A Board Game About Columbus by Brian Van Slyke at columbusboardgame.pdf — PDF document, 4040Kb cardsforcolumbusgame.pdf — PDF document, 160Kb

The history of Columbus is a turbulent one - and the way we are traditionally taught (and teach) about him is a way built into imperialism, racism, and is Euro-centric. Our nationally-supported tale of Columbus ignores his impact on the Native Americans he encountered and builds up a false mythology around him that we still worship today. This is a board-game crafted in order to help combat this. It is important to note that this game still has some problems and that it should not be regarded as an attempt to be the only way to teach about the history of Columbus. This game is still from the perspective of Columbus and Europeans, as most histories of Columbus are, but that is because this game/learning tool is based off of the question: “Most of the states in the U.S. have a holiday named after Christopher Columbus, which means we are supposed to view Columbus as a hero and that we should emulate his actions. So, what were his actions and would we want to live up to them? Would he be a hero to us? To all people?” This does not mean that this learning tool is an endorsement of Columbus - far from it. It just asks learners to take on the role of Columbus and see if his actions and impacts would be what they would view as heroic and good. It was also designed to show the impact of Columbus’s arrivals and actions on the rest of the world (including the Americas) and not just Europe - again, a habit of traditional history-telling. Another game/learning tool of Columbus’s arrival, but while taking on the role of Native Americans, is currently in development. The first PDF file has the instructions on how to play the game, pictures that you'll need to make the board and game pieces, and other basic parts of the game. The second PDF holds the cards (that need to be cut out) to be used in the game. If you want to look at the game before downloading the PDFs, click on the above link.

Native American History
African American History: Slavery

middle, high
lesson plan
Americas, Europe, Spain
Bartolomé de las Casas, Christopher Columbus
Arawak, Taíno, Genocide, Slavery, Americas
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