Columbus Day is a national holiday in the United States. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Columbus Day honors Christopher Columbus, who discovered America in 1492.
Many people believe that Columbus Day should not be celebrated because Columbus was responsible for the death and enslavement of Native Americans. However, others believe that Columbus Day should be celebrated because he was an important figure in history.
Columbus Day is a controversial holiday, but there are good reasons to celebrate it. First, Columbus was an important figure in history. He made a major discovery that changed the world forever. Second, Columbus Day is a day to celebrate American heritage and pride. It is a day to remember our country’s roots and to appreciate the contributions of all Americans, no matter their background. Third, Columbus Day is a day to celebrate diversity. It is a day to remember that our country is a melting pot of cultures and to celebrate the contributions of all cultures to our nation.
Columbus Day may be a controversial holiday, but there are good reasons to celebrate it. It is a day to remember our country’s history, to celebrate American heritage and pride, and to celebrate diversity. Let us come together on this day and remember the positive impact that Christopher Columbus had on the world.
When I was in school, Christopher Columbus was described to me as a brave and determined man who sailed in 1492 in search of a water route to Asia, thus becoming the first person to discover North America. Since then, I’ve learned that he is anything but courageous.
I’ve learned that he in fact didn’t discover the Americas, but was rather a cruel ethnocentric person who destroyed Native Americans with his avarice. Which, in turn, led me to believe that we should not continue to venerate Christopher Columbus and praise him for his “achievements.”
Columbus day is celebrated on the second Monday of October in the United States. It’s a national holiday that commemorates the day Columbus arrived in the Americas, and is used to celebrate Italian-American culture. The first Columbus Day celebration took place in 1792 when New York City held a parade to commemorate Columbus’ journey. In 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it a national holiday, and in 1971 congress decided that it should be celebrated on the second Monday of October so as to create a longer weekend.
The main argument for continuing to celebrate Columbus day is that he did open up the Americas for exploration and settlement by Europeans. However, what many people don’t realize is that Native Americans had already been living in the Americas for centuries before Columbus arrived. Columbus didn’t discover America, he invaded it.
The other argument is that Columbus day is a celebration of Italian-American culture and should be kept as a national holiday. However, many Italian-Americans have come out against Columbus day because of Columbus’ treatment of Native Americans. In recent years more Italian-Americans have been celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead, which is a day to recognize and celebrate Native American cultures and histories.
I believe that we should not continue to celebrate Columbus day. Columbus was a cruel man whose actions led to the suffering of many innocent people. There are other holidays that celebrate Italian-American culture, such as Bastille Day, so there is no need to keep Columbus day as a national holiday. Moreover, celebrating Columbus day means that we are forgetting the atrocities that he committed against Native Americans. It’s time to move on from Columbus day and celebrate a holiday that doesn’t glorify genocide.
The first reason I don’t think we should celebrate Columbus Day is that he did not discover America; there were already a huge number of people living there. Prior to Columbus’ arrival, the inhabitants of the Americas were culturally diverse individuals who were skilled farmers, hunters, and gatherers. Native Americans created cities and organized economic systems, as well as their own religious ideas.
Columbus did not “discover” a bunch of uncivilized people living in the wilderness; he invaded their homeland. Columbus was also responsible for the deaths of many Native Americans. In his quest for gold, Columbus and his men enslaved the Native Americans, forcing them to work in the gold mines. If they did not meet their quotas, they were often brutally tortured or killed. Columbus also spread diseases to the Native Americans, which decimated their population. It is estimated that between 1492 and 1504, Columbus’s actions led to the death of over 50 million Native Americans.
Columbus Day commemorates a man who caused great suffering and harm to the indigenous people of America. There is no reason why we should celebrate Columbus Day. We should instead use this day to educate ourselves about the true history of America and to stand in solidarity with Native Americans.
He misused and mistreated them, making him my second reason why we should not honor Columbus Day. When it became clear to Columbus that the riches he had sought in the New World were absent, he began to exploit its people. He sent Native peoples back to Europe as slaves and attempted to make money off of them in any way he could.
Columbus and his men would also capture women and children to use as sex slaves. Columbus was even quoted as saying, “A hundred castellanos are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.” Columbus’ horrific treatment of the Native Americans is one more reason why we shouldn’t celebrate Columbus Day.
Columbus also brought with him diseases that the Natives had no immunity to, which wiped out whole villages. In fact, some historians believe that up to 90% of the indigenous population of the Americas was killed by disease. Smallpox, measles, and influenza were just some of the diseases that Columbus and his men brought with them, and the death toll was truly staggering.
So not only did Columbus exploit and mistreat the Native Americans, he also played a role in their mass extermination. For these reasons (and many others), I believe that we should not celebrate Columbus Day. Columbus was a cruel, greedy, and ruthless man who did not deserve to have a holiday named after him. Let’s instead use this day to remember the indigenous peoples who were killed or forcibly displaced by Columbus and his men.