Argument On Columbus Day

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Columbus Day is one of the most controversial holidays in America. Columbus Day is celebrated in many of the countries in the Americas for the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival to the New World on October 12, 1492. He originally set out for sail for India under Kind Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. He made a total of four voyages between 1492 and 1498 where he explored Caribbean islands and areas of Central and South America. There is no argument that his “discovery” was a turning point in history, however many argue that his accomplishments have been oversimplified and glorified. Michael Berliner wrote an article where he addresses that Columbus Day should be celebrated and Columbus deserves to be honored. While Berliner makes an intriguing argument for the continuous celebration of Columbus Day, he drops the ball with acknowledging the individualism of the Native Americans and all the eradication caused. The theme of Berliner’s article is pretty clear, Columbus should not be held responsible for all the havoc caused. When Berliner addresses the issue if Columbus really did discover the Americas, he is very hostile with his answer. He says, “The politically correct view is that Columbus did not discover America, because people had lived here for thousands of years” (par. 2). In the beginning of his article he is very angry that the “politically correct” view this day as an occasion to be mourned. How people are trying to get schools to replace Columbus
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