Although the exact quantity of indigenous peoples to the Americas is not known, it is clear from a variety of detailed analyses as well as writing of Spaniards such as La Casas that this was a densely populated region full of activity from the Native peoples. That December, Columbus claimed an island in the Caribbean Sea for Spain. Increasingly, municipalities across the country are renaming it to Indigenous Peoples Day, to honor those who were decimated by the European conquest. There was already people there. The result was the greatest genocidal catastrophe that has occurred yet in human history.
However, there is one group that is unhappy. I will agree this man is undeserving of the overlook history has put on him because of the great things he accomplished. However, as more information has been unearthed about Columbus, his status as an American hero has been put into question. Countless others died from smallpox and other European diseases to which they had no resistance. Instead, after 10 weeks at sea, he arrived in North America by accident. Gold and conquest were the driving reasons behind the historic voyage.
And this teacher asked why on earth would I say that, why would I advocate abolishing this holiday? It's been 525 years since he set sail. I believe that colobus day should not be celebrated. When Columbus landed on the beaches of the Watling Islands of the Bahamas in October, 1492, he had inadvertently opened up a whole new world for the Europeans, Asians, and other countries of the Eastern hemisphere. The term 'discovered America' is nonsense. In fact, it was John Cabot who landed in Newfoundland and took the territory in England's name. There should be no Columbus day, instead there should be an Indigenous American day.
With fifty men, we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want. Similarly, the population of the Inca empire collapsed from eleven million in 1500 to less than a million in 1600. Still, many Americans continue to admire Columbus. Scientists, like Columbus, are always questioning popular beliefs and setting out to prove a new theory. The day celebrates Native Americans past and present.
Leo Killsback is one of them. You wouldn't know how they felt beiing bossed around on their own land something that they found first and he is going to just take it from them and he has the nerve to be called a hero! October 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm Indigenous Peoples Day might be fun but Columbus day is way more important. The Italian-born explorer persuaded the king and queen of Spain to pay for a voyage to Asia. Ask students: Who is this? In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison encouraged the country to continue the celebration to honor the 400th anniversary of Columbus' famous voyage. The Founders of the United States often cited Columbus as their inspiration. Human beings were commodities measured in gold, the environment of no value except for what resource it could be raped for. He always loved to and had a passion to sail.
They argue that Columbus was a man of his times, when expansion and conquest were accepted as normal. How will our values shape the future? The discovery of the Americas launched an era of discovery and exploration, especially in Europe. But Columbus never reached Asia. Check out by author Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. That year, protesters blocked the parade route for several hours, she said.
So when he landed in the Bahamas on Oct. Their hands were cut off. Subscribers to Channel One News Premium get full access to our Video Library with more than 2,000 videos and wraparound curriculum. Without Columbus, modern institutions as they are wouldn't exist and Western Civilization would have taken a different turn. Do many textbooks or books talk about it? Think-Pair-Share: Is it possible to celebrate in a way that honors both Italian and Native American heritage? Parades and festivals that developed around Columbus Day have faced protests that are known for being confrontational, especially in Denver. With his expedition also came disease, decimating the population.
Many historians have pointed the finger to the new diseases the Europeans brought with them that ravaged the local populations, some even going so far as to suggest that this catastrophe was inadvertent: a sad but inevitable consequence of human progress. Columbus never set foot in North America, but he paved the way for European colonization. But should Columbus Day be eliminated completely in the process? Columbus wasn't the first to discover America but he was the first to start an expedition and help us move here. It's the invaders masking their theft. His famous voyage in 1492 opened the door to a long period of European exploration and settlement in the Americas.
In fact, as I discovered in researching my book, , this obsession with exploiting resources without regard to consequences was unique to the European mindset—which has now become the predominant global mindset as a result of the European conquest of the rest of the world. Some groups even deny Columbus Day entirely. Gregory Dowd, it might not only be due to an age-old tradition. Indigenous people continued to suffer as more Europeans arrived in the Americas, which they called the New World. I believe Columbus Day should be celebrated, but it should be renamed to exploration day. Still, many Americans continue to admire Columbus.