Essay On Columbus Day

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Columbus Day is a widely celebrated holiday around the world, and is a federal holiday in the U.S. It falls on the second Monday in October in America. This day can represent many things. To some it’s the representation of the discovery of the new world by Christopher Columbus. To others, it’s the day to celebrate their heritage and their lineage. Some people celebrate it because it’s a day off from work or school. Whether it’s lineage, heritage, laziness, or pride, there’s a bunch of reasons to celebrate Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and South Dakota, do not celebrate it at all. Why is that? One of the lesser-known facts about Columbus’ journey is that he wasn’t exactly “friends” with the native peoples. This sprouted into things…show more content…
Had one not given his or her tribute, which was either one hawk’s bell of gold or 25 pounds of cotton, he or she would have his/her hands cut off and they were left for dead. These rules put in place by Columbus inspired the Taíno people to revolt. These revolts were sometimes successful, sometimes not. In the Taíno rebellion of 1511, Agueybana II, nephew of former Taíno cacique (chief) Agueybana, had doubted the Spaniards as gods (a belief they had since the Spaniard arrivals), so he lured a Spaniard named Diego Salcedo to the bank of a river and drowned him. This approved Agueybana’s beliefs, and essentially waged war against the Spaniards. Many cacique’s would ally themselves to fight against the Spaniards. A Cuban cacique, Hatuey, had tried to unite the Cuban natives (similar to Tecumseh’s idea) to get a numbers advantage over the enemy. However, he was burned at the stake in 1512. Another chief, Enriquillo, led a rebellion against the Spaniards. He led about 3,000 natives against what seemed a handful of Spanish. The Spanish, however, had not only some natives on their side, but some of the more powerful natives. They
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