As we approach the observation of Columbus Day, there are many facts about the life of Christopher Columbus that we don’t teach in school. This leaves many with the impression that Christopher Columbus was a good man who is worthy to be celebrated with a Federal Holiday, alongside the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., military veterans and Jesus. This could not be further from the truth.
Christopher Columbus was an awful person who engaged in brutal cruelty, child sex trafficking, slave trafficking and massive amounts of murders and mutilations. If you are looking for someone to celebrate out of the European march West to the Americas, celebrate Bartolomé da las Casas.
While he started as a “New World” adventurer and became a slave owner (of Native Americans), he later relinquished his slaves, sold his lands and fought the colonialism that swept through Central America, before it hit what is now the North and South American continents.
- Christopher Columbus: 3 things you think he did that he didn’t (Washington Post)
- For more on both Columbus and Bartolomé, please read on here… (theoatmeal.com)
- You can also check out these entries for Christopher Columbus and Bartolomé de las Casas (Wikipedia.com)