The Discovery Of Columbus Day Essay

1566 Words Aug 17th, 2015 7 Pages
On October 12, 1492, Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus landed on a small island near the Caribbean, which he later named San Salvador. There, he was greeted by a group of indigenous people history now calls Arawaks. The Arawaks greeted Christopher Columbus with open arms and bore gifts. This day is now called Columbus Day. Columbus Day is celebrated as the day Columbus founded the Americas and opened the door for the settlement of America to Europeans. However, the true story behind how Christopher Columbus obtained the land and the price that came with it is not as clearly expressed as the first definition. The truth behind this matter is that Columbus was not the first person to discover the Americas. It is also because of Columbus that genocide, enslavement, and the colonization the Native Indians occurred. Some believe that it is against modern-day morals to celebrate this holiday as it would be considered an infringement of today’s laws if his actions took place in the present-time. If history explained who actually founded the Americas, without a doubt the ancestors of the Arawaks of the Bahama Islands, who crossed the Berlin Strait 14,000 years before Columbus and settled in the uninhabited land of the Americas, would have received the credit for this. When Christopher Columbus arrived on the island, he was greeted by Arawaks thus, it can be concluded that the land was already inhabited by people before his arrival. Therefore, Columbus was not the…

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