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I really don't know why we keep celebrating Christopher Columbus when he was clearly a Johnny come lately in North America.
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Funny how we think of America being discovered when there were people here already who have kept their history recorded for over 14,000 years and cities 10 times the size of any in Europe at the time.

HeathenFarmer Level 8 Mar 8, 2019
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The conquers write history.

Jacar Level 8 Mar 7, 2019
1

Celebration of Columbus comes from Italian-Americans who, when they arrived, saw Irish-Americans celebrating St. Patrick's Day.So the Italian-Americans gave us Columbus Day. I view it as one of those harmless ethnic celebrations, similar to the small-town 'founders day' events, that were once popular. I can remember when Michigan towns founded by Finns, would break out in Finnish flags, towns founded by Swedes would break out in Swedish flags, etc., once a year, to celebrate their founding, as well as ethnicity. All harmless fun. And to be expected in what I call a 'settler country', that is, a country where most of the population originally came from somewhere else.

davknight Level 7 Mar 7, 2019
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His real discovery was the Atlantic wind patterns, the trades and the westerlies. Many of the people who came before, including perhaps fishermen from northern Europe, who possibly were already using the Grand Banks and therefore almost certainly knew of Newfoundland, would of course have kept their discoveries secret.

Fernapple Level 7 Mar 7, 2019
1

& also not a very good person either.

Carin Level 8 Mar 6, 2019
2

Columbus had a better PR person. Had the Newfoundland natives been more friendly towards the vikings we would be speaking Norse now.

qpr81 Level 5 Mar 6, 2019
5

People like building a mythology that appeals to them. In our era, where false tales spread very quickly,...it is proving very difficult to dispel popular fictions.

LB67 Level 7 Mar 6, 2019
2

Vikings did settle before Columbus

bobwjr Level 8 Mar 6, 2019
4

Who celebrates Columbus anywhere else but in the USA? I guess they must otherwise they would have to rename much of their stuff. District of Erikson? Þorfinnr Karlsefni University? Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Ohio? They do have a romantic ring, better than, say, District of Portuguese Fishermen.

Arouet Level 7 Mar 6, 2019

Possibly the Italians and the Spanish, but the real thing was that he was perhaps the first Roman Catholic in the New World, and therefore he was important because that gave the Vatican the chance to claim it for the R. C. empires.

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Yet even they didn't discover the Americas..they may have been the 1st Europeans to arrive.

Charlene Level 9 Mar 6, 2019
3

Probably because he wrote about it , where as the others didn't leave written records . A lot of history is screwed that way . The person who wrote a scientific paper gets the recognition , not necessiarly the person sho did the work .

Cast1es Level 8 Mar 6, 2019
6

Agreed.

NoMagicCookie Level 8 Mar 6, 2019
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