Oh, yes, October 10th will be Columbus Day in the United States. It is an American national holiday. There will be celebrations. However.......there are TWO sides of this. There are Americans who see Columbus as the ultimate discoverer of America & "creator" of a "new civilization" & "culture". Then there are Americans who view Columbus as a European supremacists who ruthlessly disseminated Native cultures & civilizations, making a pathway for the enslavement & destructions of non-European civilizations & cultures including the enslavements of Africans, dismantling their respective cultures, eventually impoverishing Native & African peoples. What is COLUMBUS...to YOU....
Columbus did not create a new civilization or culture. He DID make it possible to extend the culture to which he belonged to another world, however, and who would not do that if they found good in their culture.
He also accomplished a great personal goal, as did the queen that bankrolled him (extending her culture in the process) and the merchants that followed Columbus.
To blame Columbus for the enslavement of Africans or the dismantling of Indian culture is ridiculous, for he played but a tiny (albeit important) part in a much grander scheme.
Blame the intellectual abilities and strengths acquired by the renaissance men. Blame their perpetual quest for power, glory, adventure and riches. Blame the ruthless quest for domination. Blame the stimulus of power, of conquest, of desisre for goods and land, of selfishness, of blind ambition, of ignorance and lack of compassion or misplaced good intentions. Blame the nature of the human spirit. Blame Catholicism, blame the White Man. But, why blame Christopher Columbus?
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