Monday, October 09, 2006

Columbus Day Controversy

So I was just looking for a little "this day in history" kind of stuff about Columbus Day, but Wikipedia had a whole entry on the "Opposition to Columbus Day." I really should spend more time thinking about these things, but a holiday where I have to work anyway doesn't really attract much of my attention. I just try to enjoy the fact that no bills can be delivered on Columbus Day.

This (and the picture) is from Wikipedia:
Opposition to Columbus Day
In the state of Minnesota, Columbus Day is not celebrated, because many people in Minnesota believe that Vikings arrived in North America before Columbus.

Some people oppose Columbus Day, claiming his achievements are not worthy of a holiday. The modern-day legend of Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America is due to Washington Irving. His "biography" of Columbus, a dramatic and embellished account, was so popular it became accepted as fact. Historically, Columbus was not the first to discover America, nor was he the first European to land at America, though he was the first European to successfully bring European culture to the Americas. There is also controversy surrounding the treatment of the native people of the Americas by Columbus and by Spanish conquistadors

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