Because Columbus was born in Italy, he is especially important to many Italian-Americans. In reality, Columbus discovered very little other than the world is round and very big as these regions were already inhabited by other people. He first disembarked in the Bahamas, later making his way to Cuba and the island of Hispanola, now home of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Columbus never set foot in North America, but he paved the way for European colonization. In the end, who does Arizona think it is to ban ethnic studies textbooks? Fingers or hands caught in the machine could pull a full-sized adult into the machine, so it was one man's job to stand by with a hatchet, to chop off an arm if it was caught in the rollers, as happened periodically. A man that encouraged enslavement and murder should not be celebrated for something he never did but rather resented and demised for all the pain he caused. The Founders of the United States often cited Columbus as an inspiration for their experiment of a nation dedicated to the idea of freedom.
Moreover, why is it necessary for Columbus to be the figurehead of an Italian American holiday, Low asked. More than a year after his arrival in 1492, Columbus returned to the Americas with 17 ships and 1,200 men, enslaving the natives in search of gold. It was long and dangerous. Christopher Columbus, as a hero and symbol of the first order in America, is an important figure in this pantheon of American myth. Should we celebrate Columbus day? But in the end, Columbus is not solely responsible for the colonization of America. These areas were created by the U.
Worse, honoring him ignores how he—and the waves of European settlers who arrived in his wake—forced the indigenous peoples of the Americas off their land. Estimates on the amount of indigenous peoples that inhabited the Americas prior to 1492 range substantially in number from various scholars; Miller suggests a range of 40 to 70 million while noting that he is aware that some estimates are as high as 115 million while David E. They feel that Columbus Day parades disrupt traffic and draw crowds that are too large. Now Heisler said he remembers Columbus not as an American hero, but as a man who brutally mistreated many Native Americans. However, many people debate whether or not Columbus Day should be celebrated. So we are more clearly and accurately describing what we are celebrating.
In fact, the young country was sometimes called Columbia in honor of him. Still, many Americans continue to admire Columbus. Along with the Columbian Exchange other important events and discoveries were made. It falls on the second Monday in October each year. Even good things have come from the celebration of Columbus Day throughout the centuries. Through history, from the time he sailed to the present, debate as to whether this man should be deemed a hero or a villain has raged.
His discovery of America, and not the Indies as he originally thought, would be significant in history. Submitted By Trevor Shaw, St. This would not have been possible with out Christopher Columbus. Learn from Columbus day and get a day off from school or work to reflect. In Hispaniola, Columbus established the first American colony. By celebrating Columbus Day we are celebrating the damage he produced to. Railton says that reservations have kept Native Americans isolated from other Americans, many of whom see Indians only as part of a tragic past.
Columbus's personality does not change the fact the he bridged the gap between two worlds and started a universal culture. I hold, most serene Princes, that if devout religious persons were here, knowing the language, they would all turn Christians. So when he landed in the Bahamas on Oct. There is controversy over the details but in large this man in history paved the way for Europeans to settle in America. Columbus was brave and started something huge.
You can only celebrate it! Something many people would have never done and for that reason i think Columbus deserves not only some honor and pride but just 1 out of 365 days to just be appreciated. Columbus was a reckless and callous man who had a crew who was just as in the wrong as their leader. October 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm Indigenous Peoples Day might be fun but Columbus day is way more important. I believe that colobus day should not be celebrated. Some of the diseases he brought were measles, mumps, smallpox, and many more. His first voyage into the Atlantic Ocean in 1476 nearly cost him his life. These stripped them of their ancestral homelands.
Without Columbus, the United States would probably not be what it is today. It is undoubtedly true that if you were to remove 95 percent of the population from any continent today, that the environment and ecology would burgeon as a direct result for the reasons Miller described. In response to native unrest and revolt, Columbus ordered a brutal crackdown in which many natives were killed; in an attempt to deter further rebellion, Columbus ordered their dismembered bodies to be paraded through the streets. Singularly focused on his mission to find riches and conquer new lands, Columbus and his teams treated the indigenous groups they came across as obstacles to their greater mission. Must everything be a point of contention! Parades and festivals that developed around Columbus Day have faced protests that are known for being confrontational, especially in Denver. The Italian-born explorer persuaded the king and queen of Spain to pay for a voyage to Asia.