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  • Of course we should celebrate Columbus day!

    Yes we should celebrate Columbus Day.One can think of many "reasons" to stop celebrating any hoiliday - Mother's Day for example was apparently created by the greeting card industry as an example of crass commercialism.
    Columbus Day represents the discovery of North America by western civilization - while we realize that the continent had previously been discovered by Asians (native Americans) and later by the Norse; North America is a continent formed by the sensibilities of western civilization and we merely seek to commemorate the event.Must everything be a point of contention!

  • Why should we stop this American tradition?

    It's celebrated like any other annual holiday, such as Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Mother's Day, and so on. Columbus is a very recognizable figure in making the voyage to the American continents. But he wasn't the first person to discover it, since there were Native Americans already inhabiting the continent. He didn't set foot on North America itself but landed on the Bahamas to start his work there. We should continue to celebrate this day for his accomplishments on sea, not for the way he treated the inhabitants on that land.

  • Started it all !!!!!!!

    Yes he may have done some stuff that is bad like being gritty and supporting slave trade, but he was the one that had the idea in the first place, and if he didn't make the voyage and he didn't leave the comfort of home we might not be here in America. Or it would have taken longer and we wouldn't be as advanced as we are today. The would could have been flat for all we know. Just saying....


    Dominic Owens
    Period 1

  • If It Weren't For Columbus We Wouldn't Be Here Today

    Of course we should celebrate Columbus Day! We live in great country today. Columbus wasn't the first to discover America but he was the first to start an expedition and help us move here. Columbus was brave and started something huge. Something many people would have never done and for that reason i think Columbus deserves not only some honor and pride but just 1 out of 365 days to just be appreciated.
    - Tanya Drozdov
    Period 1

  • Good and Evil or Purpose and Nonpurpose

    Columbus Day focuses on the beginning of the Age of Exploration which shaped History as we know it. Whether or not Columbus was good or bad doesn't change the his action of bridging the gap between the New World and the Old. Without Columbus, modern institutions as they are wouldn't exist and Western Civilization would have taken a different turn.

  • Of Course We Should Celebrate

    Sure, Columbus wasn't the first, sure the were people here but he was the one who officially brought civilization and international trade. Often times we view him as a murder or a tyrant, which in a way he was, but progress cannot be achieved without sacrifice or advancement in evolution. He is remembered for his genocide and the enslavement he did in the Americas all in the matter of gold. What most don't realize is that it was purely for his survival. Had you been an adventurer who went the wrong way, failed the mission and needed to find another way would do the same thing for you wouldn't want to die by the Spaniards. He did this all because of survival. We must not look at it as a celebration to thank him for killing people and doing bad deeds, but we should rather look at the outcome that came from him, the benefits. We shouldn't seek vengeance where it isn't due, he was simply a man who did things and fully didn't think them true. I hope we all can live in peace and be wary of what we do and not bring emotion into debates, as it clouds our real answers that are inside of us to all of the questions.

  • Celebrate the spirit of exploration and discovery

    We should celebrate Columbus' spirit of exploration and discovery. He had the courage and persistence to follow his ideas and to get someone to help him (King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella). I do not condone his treatment of the native people, but he was a product of his time in that respect.

  • Yes it is

    Yes we should celebrate Columbus Day. He found the land that we now call home. Until his 1492 journey the home of The United States was unfounded to the world. He accomplished a great feat and honestly forever changed the world by proving the Earth was not flat. He took a big chance in sailing, people thought he was nuts for trying to prove this.

  • Springboard for Discussion

    You want to use it as a teaching tool, like you would Christmas or Easter – any holiday. 4th of July can be a great time to talk about democracy, and revolution, but it can also be a jingoistic, xenophobic nationalist holiday, and so how you use that time of celebration becomes crucial. Use it as a time to discuss these topics, and gain a clearer view of history. Don't forget the past - learn from it.

  • We should celebrate Columbus Day

    My reason for this is because Columbus Day recognizes the arrival of 5 million of our past ancestors, so why celebrate the arrival of, well, YOU. The Pledge of Allegiance was actually made for the memorial of his first exploration to the Americas. It was then pronounced a national holiday by President Benjamin Harrison, who also announced Columbus Day a legal and national holiday. We already have so many memorials of him, so if we stopped celebrating it, we would have memorials of someone that we didn't honor. That is why we should celebrate Columbus Day.

  • I wrote 5000 words on this guy

    I live in England and I did a very through research on Columbus. Columbus did discover new parts of the world such as parts of South America, however, in many of his letters, Columbus only ever refers to the natives as items of a trade not even has humans, in one account there is someone describing a rape of the natives. Columbus was even responsible for an epidemic of Syphilis which killed many people. Columbus had poor management skills in which on the island of Hispaniola, many of his men were killed due to rebellion from the natives due to mistreatment by his men. Columbus even thought the world was pear shaped. This guy is truly crazy and was driven by the power of greed.

  • I wrote 5000 words on this guy

    I live in England and I did a very through research on Columbus. Columbus did discover new parts of the world such as parts of South America, however, in many of his letters, Columbus only ever refers to the natives as items of a trade not even has humans, in one account there is someone describing a rape of the natives. Columbus was even responsible for an epidemic of Syphilis which killed many people. Columbus had poor management skills in which on the island of Hispaniola, many of his men were killed due to rebellion from the natives due to mistreatment by his men. Columbus even thought the world was pear shaped. This guy is truly crazy and was driven by the power of greed.

  • An American Hero?

    Christopher Columbus is just plainly not a good man, or sailor. He was terrible to his crew and to the native people of America. His greed and lust for treasure, like all explorers, drove him. American textbooks always make it seem like he was an important man, first to discovery America, first to prove the world isn't flat. For one, by 1492, if you still believed the world was flat, you were considered an idiot. People knew well before the world wasn't flat. The Vikings had already reached America long before Columbus, and to tell you the truth, if he never sailed the ocean blue, someone else would have. Columbus does not deserve a holiday. A weird thing to note, only Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther King Jr. Have American holidays named after them. All others are basic titles, like presidents day, which represents Washington and Lincoln.
    Columbus is basically an overrated American hero people keep trying to make good.

  • Oops I meant to click yes hahaha sorry

    We all learn how in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but what we are failed to be told in 1st grade wearing our paper pilgrim hats is that months after he killed and raped the natives, started slavery, and in fact did not discover America. So what exactly are we celebrating? Although the person behind the name is not exactly worth idolizing, Columbus represents a bigger idea than that. Columbus day represents a spread of culture and the begging of the new world we know today. Columbus's personality does not change the fact the he bridged the gap between two worlds and started a universal culture. His name today represents the beginning of the age of exploration, where ideas flourished and curiosity bloomed. I believe Columbus Day should be celebrated, but it should be renamed to exploration day. So we are more clearly and accurately describing what we are celebrating.

  • Ignorance is bliss

    Why should we as people celebrate a person who did not historically discover America. Also, I do not want to give anyone credit for enhancing Greed, Cruelty, Brutality or Murder. Some may argue that if he did not prove the world was round then we would not have advance as far with living in America. As a black woman and having a history of slavery of my race, We as Black Americans could have not wanted to be enslave. As a descendant of Africa, Black people was happy being Queens and Kings of our own land and way of life.

  • Ignorance is bliss

    Why should we as people celebrate a person who did not historically discover America. Also, I do not want to give anyone credit for enhancing Greed, Cruelty, Brutality or Murder. Some may argue that if he did not prove the world was round then we would not have advance as far with living in America. As a black woman and having a history of slavery of my race, We as Black Americans could have not wanted to be enslave. As a descendant of Africa, Black people was happy being Queens and Kings of our own land and way of life.

  • Americans are like trail mix: We're all mixed up!

    I honestly feel like Columbus Day should not be celebrated.What are we celebrating? The arrival of a group of Europeans who decided to take ownership of the land and unfamiliar jewels of the Arawak Natives.I mean honestly, what are we celebrating? The death of the Natives? I'm confused what are we celebrating!

  • Not Real Discoverer

    Though many people are constantly convinced that Christopher Columbus discovered America the truth of the matter is he simply discovered the Caribbean. He never set foot in the area's currently labeled America. He is a false idol for an event that he never actually preformed and celebrating it despite the fact that he never, ever, discovered America.

  • Christopher Columbus was mean.

    He kept on taking over the native americans' land and forcing them into slavery. He also raped woman and stole all their valuables. He did nothing to help the native americans and he kept on killing them. He also said that he discovered America but the Vikings were there a few hundred years ago! Therefore i do not think Columbus day should be celebrated.

  • I say NO

    Christopher Columbus shouldn't have taken the native americans land ! The Native Americans didn't deserve to be enslaved and be treated the way they did ! Christopher Columbus stole their land , killed them , and worked them to death !! . Columbus faked friendships with the Tiano people just to use them for the land . Columbus did nothing to help the Native Americans . He didn't even discover america the Vikings did but they didn't be gritty they got what they needed and then they left . Columbus didn't do anything but hurt and work those poor native people to the death of them . And he has the nerve THE NERVE !!! To call them Indians without even getting to meet them and finiding out what their real culture is ? WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD STILL WANT TO CELEBRATE COLUMBUS DAY ? Think of it as you were in the poor native peoples shoes ? You wouldn't know how they felt beiing bossed around on their own land something that they found first and he is going to just take it from them and he has the nerve to be called a hero ! Columbus is nothing but a jerk and he doesn't deserve this holiday Columbus day . I rather go to school then celebrate demeaning holiday that nobody should care about .


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