A Case Against Columbus Day

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Columbus day, October 12, 1492, has long been recognized, by America and many other countries, as a day to celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas. Traditionally, there has been much opposition to the National celebration of Columbus Day from a variety of groups. By examining documents, both historical and modern, it is evident Americans should not celebrate Columbus day, based on the evidence that Columbus committed actions that, by today’s standards, are barbaric and violent.

The purpose of Columbus Day is said to be celebrating the discovery of the Americas. However, there is a large amount of documented proof that proves that Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas, he was merely the first to capitalize on the people and the land. Columbus took advantage of the innocence and the trusting nature of the native peoples of the lands he discovered. “They are so naïve and so free with their possessions…when you ask for something they have, they never say no.” Columbus saw this as a weakness, and therefore saw them as his inferiors. “With fifty men, we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” Columbus did not discover America, he stumbled upon it by accident, as a country that prides itself on valuing freedom and equality above all else, America should not be celebrating a man who enslaved and controlled those he saw as inferior.

The Native peoples of the Americas have struggled continuously to gain the right to practice their religion and culture with a freedom that has been denied to them for centuries. Native people were the victims of many tortures by the conquistadores, including being sacrificed in Christian displays and strung up with burning wood placed under their feet. These people were not only tortured but forced to do manual labor while being controlled by Columbus and the like The beginning of the struggles of the Native peoples is marked by the arrival of Columbus in The Americas, and in honor...
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