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"Apart from his navigational skills, what most set Columbus apart from other Europeans of his day were not the things that he believed, but the intensity with which he believed in them and the determination with which he acted upon those beliefs .... "Columbus was, in most respects, merely an especially active and dramatic embodiment of the European-and especially the Mediterranean-mind and soul of his time: a religious fanatic obsessed with the conversion, conquest, or liquidation of all non-Christians; a latter-day Crusader in search of per sonal wealth and fame, who expected the enormous and mysterious world he had found to be filled with monstrous races inhabiting wild forests, and with golden people living in Eden." -David E. Stannard, historian, American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World,
Which of the following is a reason historians are most likely to criticize the view of Columbus expressed in this excerpt?
(A) It ignores the period in which Columbus lived
(B) It displays a bias against Christians
(C) It skips over the progress brought by Columbus
(D) It uses highly charged language