College Prep English for ESOL
November 12, 2012
Should Be Columbus Day an Important National Holiday for us?
On October 12, we celebrate the discovery of America honoring to Christopher Columbus. King Ferdinand and queen Isabella of Spain sponsored his trip. Columbus landed in Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas. He proudly declared to the native people of the island, the Taino, that the new land would be the domain of Spain and the Catholic Church. In 1943, the explorer returned to Spain in triumph, carrying a lot of gold, spices, and “Indian” captives. But, no everyone celebrates Columbus Day. The holiday causes anger especially to Native American who reject to honoring a man who opened the door to European colonization, exploitation of native people, and the slave trade. So, I wonder if we should not continue celebrating Columbus Day as an important date in our history.
First at all, they did not bring civilization to America. Although he discovered and opened the gap to a cultural exchange between America and Europe, his crew did not have formal education. Almost all of them were pirates, thieves, and criminals that Columbus had recruited on the streets. In addition, European Immigrants were who really years later, brought art, music, science, medicine, phiolosophy and religious principles to America.
Second, they destroyed and killed a lot of natives. Columbus was a tyrant who used religion to justify his acts of brutality. For example, the slaved people and brought them to Spain. Also, his crew killed people, raped indigenous, women and girls of the new world, and brought diseases such as gripe, chickenpox, and venereal diseases.
Finally, they stole the wealth of the native people. Columbus and his crew ransacked their temples and tombs and took the gold that natives had, and with which they did rituals to worship their gods. For instance, the stole valuable...