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Columbus Day Controversy

by Mary Ann Kelley

Topic: Christopher Columbus

Resource of the Week: Columbus Controversy

Resource of the Week: Columbus Day ControversyEach October, a holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus ushers in debate about the man’s character and accomplishments. Most people now know that Columbus didn’t actually discover America, nor did he discover that the earth was not flat. Beyond that, there are 3 main issues with Columbus’ activities in the Americas at the heart of the debate about whether Columbus Day should exist: “the use of violence and slavery, the forced conversion of native peoples to Christianity, and the introduction of a host of new diseases that would have dramatic long-term effects on native people in the Americas”. Learn more from this History.com feature on the man, the controversies, and the consequences. http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/columbus-controversy

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