Although he mistreated the Native Americans, he expanded the European territories that eventually led to settling the Americas. When taken together both articles support Axtell's desire for the reader to form a realistic opinion of Columbus and the discovery of America.
Of all three articles Howard Zinn's piece is the most persuasive because it advocates a realistic perspective of history...
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He uses historical facts to demonstrate his thesis, such as Columbus' mistreatment of the Arawaks, by taking them as slaves, taking advantage of their goods, and killing thousands. At the same time, Zinn shows Columbus' strengths, such as his expertise in sailing. Similarly in James Axtell's first article, he says that not enough focus is on all the lost Native American Indian tribes, and what they suffered for "human progress"...