Happy Columbus Day

Why do we celebrate it, exactly?

How We Discovered That Christopher Columbus Didn't Get to America First
So we commemorated the day in the middle of October, more or less happily, as the official discovery of the Western Hemisphere. Despite atrocities committed by the Spanish in the Americas, not to mention, well, everyone else of European descent, it was, after all, the first time any European had reached the New World. And then things got complicated. 
By the 500th anniversary celebration, in 1992, when I was in middle school, teachers were adding supplementary—or corrective—lectures to outdated textbooks. When I was first officially introduced to the New World discovery, in 5th grade, the teacher explained that, well, no, this Columbus story was actually all wrong. An archeological discovery and extensive scholarship had by then confirmed that Columbus was not the first person from Europe to reach the New World. Not at all. The Vikings had reached Canada 500 years prior to his arrival.

Comments

Thiago daLuz said…
Interesting article, though you're missing a "p" out of your happy title. I wish there were more blogs for the continuing education course in St. John's. That place deserves a lot more publicity than it gets.

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