I claim that Columbus Day should remain an American holiday. I believe Columbus Day should remain an American holiday because Columbus laid the foundations for the widespread European migration from Europe to America. Although Columbus was not the first to discover America, he was the first to attempt to colonize America. Columbus’ Voyages led to the widespread exchange of food, goods and animals. Now known as the Columbian Exchange, this is a momentous point in history.
Introduction Paragraph What If money and spices had not had any importance to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain? What if they had no intentions of financing a voyage for Christopher Columbus in 1492? How would America differentiate from the country we live in today? Columbus showed us that there was a new world and that our world was not flat, but round. The colonist who migrated to North America, did not come here for one specific reason, but a variety of factors.
Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety-two. When one hears the name Christopher Columbus, they tend to think about his discovery of America. What they don’t consider is how his discovery changed and affected America. First of all, Columbus’ discovery provided the start of a long term colonization, which created what we know today as America. People, who immigrated from another country, traveled all over the world to make it to America in hopes of getting land in “The New World”.
Besides the search for spices in India, he had opened up access to India through the ocean, something no one had ever done. When he reached Calicut, where the spices were said to be, he found more than just that. He discovered new cultures and religions. According to Vasco da Gama: Round Africa to India, 1497-1498 CE, “Both Prince John and Prince Manuel continued the efforts of Prince Henry to find a sea route to India...His expedition turned the commerce of Europe from the Mediterranean cities to the Atlantic Coast and opened up the east to European enterprise” (Thatcher 1). The overall goal of the voyages was to find a sea route in order to make trade and travel to the East safer.
There are many opinions about Columbus Day and whether we should celebrate it as a holiday. I believe the extent in which we should celebrate Columbus Day is just acknowledging him rather than dedicating a federal holiday to him. I would propose to celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” or “Native Americans’ Day”. My opinion comes from his actual discovery of th New World and his actions after he settled in North America. One reason why I think we should not celebrate Columbus day to the extent of a federal holiday is because of the thinking that Columbus was the one who discovered North America.
They made their journey towards the new world, just leaving everything else behind. If they would have thought about what to do if they ran into new people they could have handled things differently, instead of invading the Native Americans land and seem threatening. Due to this we see that the Native Americans and the way that they were treated affected them and this changed their whole world. We hear now a days that Christopher Columbus did not in fact find the land we call America but he did change the world. Was it for the better?
Liam Porat Mr. Lin 9/24/15 Period: 6 How should Columbus be remembered? In the year of 1492, Christopher Columbus and his three ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina, set sail in hopes of finding another route to Asia for a possible economic gain. On October 12, 1492, they had found land, which of course they thought to be an island around China, but turned out to be what is now known as the Bahamas. Columbus may have discovered a previously unknown land to the Europeans, but in no way should he be remembered as a hero. He exploited the native land, as well as destroyed their way of living and thriving.
Goodbye Columbus: The Real Meaning Behind The Holiday Some see Christopher Columbus as an iconic explorer, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to prove a simple point of a round Earth. Even more people see Columbus as the heartfelt founder of the New World. However, there are few that see Columbus as an invader, liar and murderer. This large genocide that took place, should not be celebrated as a prideful holiday, but more a mourning for the lives lost. Over 2,000 year ago, Eratosthenes, an Ancient Greek mathematician, calculated the circumference of the Earth.
Without the ships none of the explorations would have occurred. They had a lot of cause to why to explore and without the technology that made it way easier for them, they wouldn 't have made it so far. The Age of Exploration had a lot of new technologies and ideas growing out of the Renaissance, these included advances in cartography, navigation, and shipbuilding. Around this time Christopher Columbus started exploring. Around that time that marked the first encounter between Spaniards and the Native Americans.
One thing people seem to forget is slavery has been in existence since the times of ancient Greece, Rome, Africa and Byzantium but Britain changed the way the world perceived slavery. Although, the British didn't have a master plan for slavery, or any idea of this new-found land becoming United States of America, the idea of slavery throughout the world started with Columbus trip to "Hispaniola". Which he thought was Japan but ended up being what is now knows as Dominican Republic and Heidi. Columbus main goal on his exploration was to find goods and spread Christianity but ended up bringing six captive native men because he believed they "should be good and intelligent servants" (Clark, 8). Thus, harboring the Europeans very first slaves.
Not only is Columbus praised upon but he is mentioned as the first man to discover the Americas which is untrue. And Loewen further states how textbooks minimize other expeditions and how those explores are no where near praised as much as Columbus. Rather textbooks, seem to act as if expeditions began in the 1400’s in Europe but they didn’t. As Loewen states, “Most textbooks make no use of primary sources. A few incorporate brief extracts that have been carefully selected or edited to reveal nothing unseemly of the Great Navigator.” (p.63).
Throughout many historical interpretations of the explorer, Christopher Columbus, many included his voyage of seeking for a new route from Europe to the land of the riches, Asia. Although Columbus never set foot in Asia, he had traveled west and discovered the New World, and led many influential impacts. From Columbus’s exploration, it created several questionings along with controversies, debating whether people should celebrate Columbus Day. Nevertheless, Columbus Day should not be a national holiday, because the honor presented by the holiday does not suit many of Columbus’s despicable actions. Columbus had received the wrong title for his journey, his discovery lead to massive amounts of murders, and his greed for valuables and fame was also part of Columbus’s
The net result isn 't a day of rest and relaxation. Rather, Columbus Day ends up creating more work than it alleviates. We 're lionizing the wrong European explorer In his own post from last year excoriating Columbus 's legacy, The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman proposed a different hero from that era: Bartolome de las Casas. De las Casas was a 16th Century Spanish writer, Dominican friar, and activist for the cause of Native American rights. One of the first European explorers to ever come to the Americas, de las Casas tried and failed to create a model state practicing a less exploitative form of colonialism in Venezuela.
Besides, if the colony was already at such a low point, what would they have to lose? In the end, no one really knows for sure what happened to Roanoke. The mystery that has intrigued Americans for centuries can have thousands of theories about the colony’s disappearance (some more far-fetched than others). My partner and I simply believe that the settlers didn’t all die on the island due to the reasons above. Maybe the world will never know what happened to Roanoke settlers, or maybe modern historians will uncover the secrets behind the disappearing colonists.
Christopher Columbus is the one who founded America. In 1492, thinking he had landed on the other side of Europe, Columbus had found a new land called America. Therefore, this had happened because Christopher Columbus was trying to figure out a shorter route to get to the other side of Europe. In addition, this is important because, he was the explorer who found America. He had explored in the years of 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502.