Columbus Day, a day in which the landing of Columbus in the Americas is recognized, it wasn’t until the year 1937 that it became a Federal Holiday. It is a Day in which many celebrate his ‘achievements’ and Italian heritage. Among other things this day serves to celebrate Columbus’s vile acts of possessing land that was already another’s territory. I am against the idea of ‘Columbus Day’ and believe it should be changed. Changed to honor and recognize the Indigenous people who lost their lives and belongings due to the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his men.
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.
It all started out on October 12, 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue discovering the land of the new world. It has been marked in 1937 by Franklin D. Roosevelt to celebrate Columbus Day. Then in 1972 President Richard Dixon officially established it as a holiday. Many Americans are against Columbus Day being a holiday and want to replace the holiday to be called Indigenous People’s Day, because Columbus was not not the only one who discovered the new world. The Native Americans are strongly against this holiday because they had already called the discovery of a land there home for centries.
There were many people that founded America. Christopher Columbus was a leader who left a legacy as he helped make the world what it is today. Columbus’ adventures were not limited to his famous voyage; he had many adventures with his crew, both before and after he landed in America. One of Columbus’ great skills as a leader was his persistence. “On his first voyage he nearly died (Bio 2014).” If he had died, we wouldn’t have the world we live in today.
The Americas were eternally transformed and the once rich cultures of the Native American people were altered and forgotten, hindering the world from completely understanding even their existence. Today, Columbus has a controversial legacy—he is remembered as a daring explorer who supposedly discover North America (which he didn't set foot in), yet his exploits also let loose changes that would ultimately demolish the native populations he and his conquistadors
They only wanted to further advance Spain in the world. Although I do not condone the way the Native Americans were treated, or killed, I believe that it would have happened sooner or later. These things are inevitable. Christopher Columbus traveled west of Spain believing he would land in India. He accomplished all three of his goals and eventually would be known as a hero to many.
Indeed, The upper Western class' gentle treatment of Columbus abuses speaks to the power of propaganda and how its invocation alone can warp the past and control the future. In the Bahamas islands where Christopher Columbus landed, he and his Spanish compatriots committed grievous wrongs. According to Howard Zinn (pg 90), Columbus' first main interest upon meeting the Native Americans was gold. Hence Columbus ordered that the Native Americans in the Bahamas retrieve a certain quota of gold for his cache. If and when some of the Native Americans did not meet Columbus gold quota, he had them dismembered.
Columbus Day is celebrated in recognition of Columbus “discovering” America in 1492. Many consider him a hero for that one reason but don’t acknowledge what he did when he first reached America. I personally believe Columbus is not worthy of being called a hero for various reasons. One of the reasons is that Columbus killed millions of native Americans because of his lust for gold. The native Americans were kind and generous towards Columbus and his men, but he enslaved them and forced them to do his dirty work for him.
Christopher Columbus or Native Americans We have been taught the same concept of the discovery of America for hundreds of years. Christopher Columbus discovered America and we celebrate Columbus Day every year to honor his bravery and strength, but every story has two sides. Native Americans who have been settled in the “New World” long before Columbus stumbled onto the land, aren’t given the recognition they deserve. While some praise Columbus for his discoveries, many are questioning if we have forgotten the importance of Native Americans and what part they played in the Christopher Columbus story. Author Jack Weatherford explains his view on Columbus Day and what we should be celebrating.
Celebrating Columbus day has been adopted by many different countries, and ethic groups, “Italian-American, Hispanic, and other groups have embraced the holiday as an occasion to celebrate their ethnic heritage, though some Indian groups… refer to the day as “Indigeous Peoples Day” (M. Castronovo Fusco 1). Columbus day has become a celebration of freedom; freedom to be who you are, and freedom to celebrate where you come from. The day has also become a day of education, “The whole discussion around Columbus Day has been useful to the extent that it has reminded us of the many tragic consequences in contact” (M. Castronovo Fusco 1). The accomplishments of Christopher Columbus should be celebrated because although flawed, he was a great man who inspired freedom and by celebrating him, liberates people history has shunned to celebrate who they are and where they came