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Should the USA Continue to Celebrate Columbus Day?
In Fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. That was when the great Christopher Columbus sailed from Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean, and discovered the Americas for Europe. Ever since 1934, the USA has been celebrating a holiday dedicated to Columbus and his achievements. But now, some people are questioning whether we should be celebrating Columbus or not. They have their opinions about whether Columbus did more bad than good, but they don't register all of the reasons why we should celebrate Columbus Day.
For example, some people say that celebrating Columbus Day is wrong because the natives were already there, and he invaded their land. But what they fail to realize is that Columbus found what was almost a separate world then, and brought it up to speed for its people and the rest of the world. It had already been discovered by the Vikings, and there were already natives living there. But Columbus made the Americas usable for everybody. And when Columbus brought Europe to the Americas, he and the other Europeans moved in and used the land and its resources to their full potential. Before Columbus, the natives had been living off of the land, but they weren't using the extensive forests, wildlife, or other resources, nearly as much as when the Europeans came in. And people say that celebrating Columbus Day is an insult to the natives because they were there first and Columbus came in and killed them. But they decline to recognize that many of the natives were hostile, and Columbus couldn't take a chance, even with the friendly ones. Besides, instead of flat out killing all of the conquered natives, he put some of them to good use as slaves, which is more humane and efficient than killing them. And with the Columbian Exchange, the Europeans brought new technology to the Americas, and brought back things like tobacco, potatoes, and corn, which became very valuable crops for Europe. Because Columbus discovered the Americas for Europe, he made life better for the majority.
And people say that Columbus day is not politically correct to celebrate, because it is an insult to the natives. But they refuse to acknowledge that celebrating Columbus Day makes the majority of our population, those of European descent, happier. And even if Columbus was being unfair to the natives, it wouldn't matter because in the end, it's the winners who get to celebrate their victory and their heritage. So there is really no good reason for the USA not to continue to celebrate Columbus Day.
Article posted June 16, 2010 at 08:39 AM •
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