Why Did Christopher Columbus Not Discover America?

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Several people around the world believe that Christopher Columbus discovered America, and a day should be dedicated to him for all that he has done. However, there are people who acknowledge Columbus Day to be unnecessary due to the fact he truly did not discover America. Even though Columbus is given recognition for intertwining the New World with the Old World, there should not be a day just for him. Columbus should not have a national holiday dedicated to him because he did not discover America, his actions were horrendous such as mistreating the Taino, and he also played a part in spreading diseases and bringing slavery to the New World. First off, Christopher Columbus was not the first person to discover America as believed by …show more content…
When Columbus arrived to the New World, he abused many of the indigenous people that lived in the Caribbean; he murdered the natives because he saw them as a hindrance to his goal of obtaining gold. It’s inhumane to harm people that already had conquered and inhabited the area: “Columbus is routinely vilified as a symbol of slavery and genocide, and the celebration of his arrival likened to a celebration of Hitler and the Holocaust” (Berliner 292). Those people were left without shelter, food, and they had to relocate to another place. Columbus’s actions were severe and pointless, and these actions are reasons why a man like Christopher Columbus should not have a national holiday, because there is no acceptable reason for having a day off to celebrate all the negative and malicious things Columbus had done. Although Columbus Day is meant to think about Christopher Columbus the man and all his great accomplishments, and not a day to think about all the negative things Columbus had done to the Taino people, it is wrong to blame him for torturing the Taino people because it was not his fault. Moreover, Columbus Day is a day to think about Columbus, so all the negative things Columbus has done should be looked upon such as …show more content…
As Columbus came to the New World, the Columbian Exchange was introduced that helped Columbus provoke slavery as well as spread diseases; therefore, there is no reason for taking a day off and celebrating Columbus’s voyage. Columbus and his intolerable actions clearly confirm that there should not be a national holiday that celebrates Columbus because all the things he has done upon his arrival to the New World shows why many people look down upon him. Instead of celebrating a greedy sailor who discovered a bunch of other things, other Europeans have found in the previous generations the United States should put the holiday to a much better use such as remembering the lives

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