It should be eliminated because Columbus was by no way the first to find America, Norse Vikings are said to have got as far as North America which is supported by Historical and Archaeological evidence, such as the discovery of possible Viking settlements. It is also argued that a European Monk reached the shores of what would become the USA in search of a place of holy solitude, but this is widely debated as folk lore. Never the less, Columbus Day celebrates a false fact, and commends a person who brought years of suffering for the Native populace of America. Is this fair? No.
Columbus day should not be eliminated. As you stated before of how the European monk of finding the "USA" first, Columbus was the first European explorer to explore North America and make the travel back to Europe and share his findings with Europe. Therefore, leading the European nations to be influenced of spreading their territorial grounds in the New World. Christopher Columbus was of European descent, as was all early Americans and the founders of the United States. Despite what Columbus may have done, it does not change the fact that he had explored North America and shared his findings with the world, leading the world to become interested in the New World. A majority of Italian Americans do not want Columbus day to be removed because Christopher Columbus is of Italian descent and they perceive Columbus to be apart of Italian heritage. Columbus day is important to Americans and Italian Americans specifically, it should not be eliminated.
Okay, I value that. But I think that people should understand the facts behind the celebration, rather than blindly believing untrue or exaggerated facts. But I think that their are other periods of history far more important than the discovery of America that are not celebrated, which would be more valuable in place of Columbus day.
Columbus Day was the discovery of North America by European descent. The birth of the United States was from European descent. Columbus Day did not become a federal holiday until 1937. The leaders of the United States researched history and decided that in the interest of Americans the discovery of North America was considered United States history because the origin of the United States was from European descent. So it was important to recognize the discovery of America from an explorer who had influence in the colonization of North America. Other periods of history may be of more importance to the World, but specifically to the United States, Columbus discovering the United States was recognized as an American holiday and not a world holiday over other important events.
Reasons for voting decision: Not a very strong debate. PRO feels that Columbus Day should be abolish due to Norsemen actually discovering the continent. CON rebuts that Columbus contributed to European colonization and the making of the US; the day is culturally identifying. PRO concedes. S&G tied, both arguments readable. Sources tied, neither side used them. Conduct to PRO, CON ff a round.
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