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On every second Monday in October, Americans, as well as the Europeans celebrated the finding of the new world and the opening of new exploration. Christopher Columbus sailed over from Spain in 1492, his new findings had changed the world forever. The Teachers of schools have taught their students the Columbus was indeed the founder and have put him in this high place that he doesn't deserve. But is this true? Was he really the first to discover the Americas? Why not tell us? There are several reasons why I believe that we should take away Christopher Columbus Day.
To me it seems strange to give a person the credit of something they really didn't do. This follows for Christopher Columbus because he never ever set foot in either North America or South America, just in the Caribbean area. He committed homicide against the many Native Americans living in the New World. Nearly half or more of the population was killed from war or small pox the was brought over by the Europeans. Many of the great civilizations were murdered by Columbus and his conquistadors through out their conquests for gold and riches. He was also completely wrong with his thoughts of the new world. He believed that that the Americas were Asia and China and gave the native people the wrong names. By naming that second Monday in October Christopher Columbus Day, we not only give Columbus the title of finding America when it was already inhabited, and also already been found by the Vikings, but we have dishonor America's Native Americans. They were here long before the Spanish came along and rediscovered the new world.
An agreement between the two Columbus sides may be to give Columbus' Day the honor of America in general, similar the 4th of July. By naming it this, we have taken away the judgment of the people, and left the discovery of America to the real founder. Although, through all the pros and cons of Christopher Columbus' voyage and discovery did indeed change the world forever.
Article posted June 16, 2010 at 08:32 AM •
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