The second monday of october is when many celebrate Columbus Day. A holiday designed to honor Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, who set foot in the new world on October 12, 1492, five hundred twenty five years ago. He intended to find a western sea route to China, India and Asia where gold was rumored to be found in abundance. Instead he landed in the bahamas. He didn’t realize until his third voyage that he didn't land in china but a land that the Europeans had no knowledge on. People have celebrated this day as early as the eighteenth century, but it did not become an official federal holiday until 1937. The holiday was made to celebrate the beginning of settlement in america by the europeans. People from all over the world may honor it many different ways such as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and to honor Native Americans. However many people do not celebrate this holiday inspired by the Italian explorer. They find hardship in celebrating the fact that he destroyed the native population, basically helped to start slavery in America and he was terrible to …show more content…
Just around when the international slave trade was starting to grow Columbus and his men captured many people from the west indies and subjected them through violence and cruelty. He forced thousands of people under his rule. Some of these people were sent away to be sold and many of them died on the way. Those who were not sold were forced to work in plantations and gold mines. On Christopher Columbus’s first day in the New World he picked and enslaved several Native americans to become his servants. He even wrote in his journals that he believed that they would be very fine servants. Within sixty years of Christopher Columbus’s arrival on the island of Hispaniola the population of Taino that lived there decreased from what may have been two hundred fifty thousand people to maybe a couple hundred of
Christopher Columbus is not worthy of a recognition of a national holiday. Columbus is not worthy of a national holiday because he threatened and killed the Indians. For example, he claimed the Indians land as his own. Also he murdered the Indians and forced them into hard labor. Also to test how sharp his swords were he cut pieces off the Indians.
What is Christopher Columbus day? Christopher Columbus day is when people of America celebrate the day Columbus discovered America in 1492 every October and call him a hero. Many historians have honored him and called him a hero as they learned more. (“Columbus Controversy”). However, what society does not know is what he had done to the Natives and their culture.
But should we really? I think that maybe we had started celebrating Columbus Day for the wrong reasons. Columbus finding North America was not it, but possibly so that President Roosevelt would be able to use the Italian American vote, that he had wanted. President Roosevelt saw this as an opportunity and he took advantage of it, which was a smart move.
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
Christopher Columbus We are starting this essay on Christopher Columbus about should we celebrate columbus day. I know that we get out of school on this day but we shouldn't have to celebrate him because he was a cruel evil man. After him and his friends discovered america his did a lot of mean things. I think we shouldn't celebrate columbus day cause he was heartless. One reason why i think we shouldn't celebrate columbus day is that him and his men enslaved many native inhabitants of the west indies and subjected them to them to extreme violence and brutality.
This started when he sent a large amount of people to Europe to be slaves which started slave trade. When many of the Natives died, the Spanish turned Africans into their new slaves. Lastly, Columbus caused to destroy culture. Spreading Christianity was one of the main motives on his voyages. Not one of the Indians were converted to the Catholic religion which led to them being hung in honor of the redeemer and the 12 apostles (Source
Putting aside all the horrible things Columbus did, he did help colonize North America. He opened up a new world where people could go to freely express themselves, it was the land of the free. People could freely practice their religion and many could start a new life. Another reason why people don't want Columbus day to change is because of his Italian background. Many italian americans are proud of Christopher Columbus because of his italian background.
Yes we have a holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. But here are some reasons to why he's a evil man. Christopher Columbus mutilated and enslaved native people that he encountered on the Island soon to be called America. He encountered many different Natives when he Started to explore the new land he discovered. There were 60,000 people living on this island.
Personally, I feel that Columbus Day should not be celebrated because of the fact that he did not actually “discover” the Americas. As well as the cruelty and brutality he had spread through his travels, which had an effect on so many people. It is actually a fact that Columbus never even discovered America as he had never set foot on the North American continent in the first place. Biography.com supports this fact and states: “While he did reach the coasts of what today are Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, as well as explore the Central and South American coasts, he never unfurled a Spanish flag in North America.” This is one reason why I believe Columbus does not exactly “deserve” the title of discovering the
The day Christopher Columbus step foot in the Americas, he began to manipulate the natives he saw. While they saw him as a potential friend, Columbus saw them as fine slaves that could lead him to what he really wanted － gold. When he found out how naive and friendly they were being with him, he started to take advantage of that fact. He forced them to show him where the treasure was, for his own selfish reasons.
During the time period of which Columbus first set foot on the new world, peoples views on slavery were much different than ours today. They made exceptions to it as everyone owned slaves back them (Document 2). However, physical abuse and torture are no exception. Columbus has been exposed for his torture on the Taino tribe. Every three months Columbus demanded a hawk's bell of gold or 25 pounds of spun cotton from everyone over the age of fourteen.
The history of Christopher Columbus has been a shared piece of history in the education systems. American history books and majority of cultures portray Columbus as a hero. The United States of America honors Christopher with a holiday named Columbus Day, which occurs the second Monday in October. Also, historians divide Columbus’s history in a similar way as Jesus, example: before 1492 known as pre-Columbian. The school textbooks preserve Columbus with a positive life story and don’t include all the negative events that took place.
In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but what was learned about him may not be true. To determine whether this country should celebrate Christopher Columbus Day, it should be clear if he was a hero, a villain, or just a man. On October 9th we celebrate Columbus Day. He was not the nicest person but he did have some positive effects.
According to Loewen, few textbooks explained how Columbus was involved in the slavery and the exploitation of Indians. Another error that we have learned in schools about Columbus is that he was the first person to “discover” America. However, this is an error because people from other continents had already reached America before 1492. In fact, we forget
Finally, we should celebrate Columbus Day because he brought value to America. When I say "value" I mean he made America worth something. Not money-wise but more livable through goods and services for citizens here in America. Basically the "west Indies" people lived off natural resources and made shelter from their surroundings. When Christopher Columbus arrived he made businesses for people who wanted to work, and he made trade markets for people who wanted to buy goods from the old world such as jewelry, jewels, spices, perfume, etc; only the wealthy bought such items.