Children grow up being taught that Columbus was a hero for discovering the America’s and that he was nice and kind to the native people which he called Indians even I was taught to believe these stories. How Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. That little rhyme was to help kids remember who and when America was discovered it and who needed to have the credit for it. Americans celebrate Columbus Day because almost everyone thinks that he came to the Americas first, which is false. The Vikings had actually been to the Americas before Columbus.
The lecture that we heard by Dr. Engle changed how I had thought about Columbus all my life. I thought of him as a role …show more content…
After learning how cruel Columbus was, I don't believe he deserves to have a holiday after him. Why would anyone want a holiday after someone who killed people without a proper reason, or just because they didn't follow through with an order given to them? Columbus told them to do when he in fact was a bad leader. I think the holiday should stay, but have the name changed.
In conclusion, my thoughts from my childhood about Columbus has changed and I see him differently now, not as a hero, but as someone who wanted too much power and glory, which got in the way of his humanity. If he had been more civil towards the Natives and his own people and didn't attempt to take all the glory for himself, maybe he would be seen as a hero instead of a