Columbus Day Should Be A Federal Holiday Essay

907 Words Sep 24th, 2015 4 Pages
There is no doubt that Christopher Columbus changed the world. Whether his voyages were good or bad, he did make history. He is widely known and a hero to some. Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937, creating an uproar of fury and merriment. The questions is, is that should Columbus Day be a holiday considering his decisions and actions? In this paper, I will state the reasons of both, why and why not Columbus Day should be a federal holiday as well as my own thought on the matter. To begin with the good outcome, many people think Columbus serves as a significant symbol of freedom. Columbus was the beginning of globalization for humanity. He took many risks, and gave people hope and ambition. Columbus had a goal to spread Catholicism across the globe, and was bewildered by the way Asia harvested their gold and resources. He decided in such willingness to seek out for the Indies to find “the spice-trade ports,” (Tindall & Shi 20). Columbus persuaded the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, to let him go on excursions to find riches for them, as long as he got to keep ten percent of his findings and earn a title for himself. He decided to go west across the Atlantic, instead of traveling south, alongside of the African coast. In result, Columbus landed in the Caribbean, making the land known to the globe. Giving the people of Europe hope to live on new land and make a new living. New York Times writer, Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco, states that Christopher…

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