Columbus Day and Christopher Columbus Essay

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“In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, starts the beginning of one of history’s biggest fabrications. We teach our children to be honest and truthful, but then lie to them for the first six to eight years of their educational lives about their own history. For in fact, Columbus did not discover America and did not unveil the myth regarding the world being flat. At the moment, I have yet to discover if Christopher Columbus ever discovered anything at all. Knowing the meaning of discovery, the land that Columbus reached from his voyage and the unorthodox events that occurred after Columbus’ adventure; I do not celebrate Columbus Day. I enjoy the day off from work, as do most Americans that observe the day; but…show more content…
The enslavement of Native Americans and Africans were also products of this great discovery which consequently led to millions being immolated. Celebrating such an affair mocks the deaths of those who died from the greed of English settlers and the kings and queens who sponsored them. Must we turn a blind eye to the harsh reality that our ancestors were wrong? Even though much was conquered from this monstrosity, it makes it no more right now than then, and is no cause for celebration.
Finally, the most apparent and vital reason as to why Columbus Day should not be an American national holiday is very simple. His voyage did not bring him to the lands of America. Columbus landed in the Caribbean. This is a fact and is acknowledged by historians and analysis from around the world. Columbus did not land in America; therefore, Americans have no allegiance to commemorate him for our founding. Whether his expedition led to the colonization of America is to be argued, but there is no doubt that he, himself, did not set foot on American soil. I’ve read many books and articles trying to find where he even visited America in his time. I have yet to discover any documented evidence that supports him being placed in any of the American states. Arbitrarily, I do not recognize him for discovering America; neither do I celebrate the date
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