If the west was truly evil however they would not have been readily accepted by local cultures around the globe. But the bringing of Christianity to the globe also brought truth, justice, and the American way. I don't think this is as evil as it has been made out to be by the post colonial theorists who have us focus on genocide and the bearing of disease. The west also brought science, hospitals, law and order, the vote, and God.
This painting was commissioned by an American couple who kept it in their office near Columbus Circle in NYC.
Like Columbus, Dali chased the money. America too chases money. I don't see this as necessarily bad. Some bad things have been done in the name of the dollar. But the dollar itself is neutral and with it very good things can be done. You can open hospitals. You can help the poor. You can have a vegetarian burger. You can build Central Park. You can jump up and down. It took money to send Columbus off on his voyage. I have always liked Christopher Columbus just as I have always loved Jesus Christ.