Should we celebrate Columbus day?
Columbus Day has always been a day off from school on the Second monday of October that people take for granted. Everyone always just thinks that Columbus discovered the New World, blah blah blah. The truth is, that's not really the case here. He wasn't really as heroic as everyone thinks.
Don't get me wrong. He was the one who discovered the Americas and made it clear to everyone in Spain and Europe. If it wasn't for him, none of us would be here right now. He also established the Columbian Exchange, that helped all of Europe. He also spread Christianity all over America. These are all great acheivements. But I truly think that he did many more bad things than good things. First of all, all of the good things that he did had a bad side to them. He forced and threatened the Natives to learn Christianity. The Columbian exchange brought back thousands of slaves to Europe. The slaves were awful in Europe, because they caught diseases and weren't used to the enviroment, so most of them died anyway. Columbus never actually set foot on either of the Americas and brought death and destruction to the Native Americans living there. He didn't even know what he discovered before he died. Spain figured out what he really discovered fifty years later!
In my mind, Columbus is no real hero at all and the fact that he has a holiday named after him his pathetic. All in all, I really don't understand why we're celebrating Columbus Day.