It’s that time of the year for me to rant again about this ill Attributed, genocidal, megalomaniac historical figure. First up in my agenda :
His name- while historical records do show enough evidence to support that he was an Italian sailor; he spent the majority of his adulthood in Spain and Portugal, even his Italian name “Cristoforo Colombo” is surrounded in doubt as no credible record has been found. all records show he went by the name Cristóbal Colón. If we can honor people changing names, Cassius Clay Muhammad Ali and Prince became then we can call Columbus by his real name Cristóbal Colón.
His discoveries- Cristóbal Colón discovered most of the Caribbean and South America. that is to say he was the first “EUROPEAN” (Leiv Eiriksson would have something to say about that)
If we are so fixated in having a European (the indigenous people of the Americas would have something to say about that as well as Leiv Eiriksson) then let’s give credit to an exceptional Italian Explorer Amerigo Vespucci. he intelligently explained that the landmasses discovered where continents previously unknown to Europeans. His expedition was to catalog coastlines and native people. Whether he engaged in some of the barbarism Europeans were known for is not clear but certainly his expedition was about discovery not his own self glory.
Does all this matter? I think it does, this information has been widely known outside of the US well into the early part of the last century but us Americans we are well-known for having our heads up our asses. Wouldn’t it be nice if our education system Stopped being a lot like the Texas Board of Education?
But who am I to piss on Teapublicans Cheerios? so,
Happy Cristóbal Colón Day!