Letters to the Editor

Letter: Keep Columbus Day

To the Editor:

Christopher Columbus Day should still be a federally celebrated national holiday. However, the modern educational system needs to be more upfront about the downsides of his journey and the slaughter of the indigenous people.

He can no longer be glorified as a hero to our children without them first knowing the truth. Despite Christohper Columbus’ amazing discovery for Spain in his search for gold, he had many downsides too. His attitude towards the indigenous people was downright disgusting. Slaughtering and enslaving them at his own will not by need, but by choice. “Trying to put together an army of resistance, the Arawaks faced Spaniards who had armor, muskets, swords, horses. When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged them or burned them to death. Among the Arawaks, mass suicides began, with cassava poison. Infants were killed to save them from the Spaniards. In two years, through murder, mutilation, or suicide, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead.”

“As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.” 

Although Columbus used slave labor and slaughtered the natives, he did create what we know today as modern America. He created the first colonies in North America that would in time break away from British monarchy rule and become the United States of America. Without Columbus’ discovery this great land would not exist. 

“La Isabela is the name of the first European town established in the Americas. La Isabela was settled by Christopher Columbus and 1,500 others in 1494 AD, on the northern coast of the island of Hispaniola, in what is now the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Sea.”

“But he rose above his time and literally united the world. Without him there would be no America, no us.”

Zach Clark

Oakwood Hills

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