Is Christopher Columbus considered a hero or a murderer? Columbus is considered a hero in most history textbooks because we are taught the basics. "Columbus was a man of great and inventive genius" (Irving 192). However, he is also considered a murderer. "...children thrown to dogs to be devoured, newborn babies born to women prisoners flung into the jungle to die..." (Zinn 204). Columbus tortured Natives and killed several. Indians were treated as slaves and were forced to work for Columbus. He made sure that the Indians were never in control and sent our several warnings to prove it; cutting off an innocent Native's hand to send out a message. Not only were Columbus and his men cruel, but always made sure they had the upper hand in the battle.