Many Americans celebrate the life of Christopher Columbus on the 2nd Monday of October each year; they falsely believe many now-debunked myths about Christopher Columbus and to this day continue to celebrate what many now believe to be a man who committed many atrocities against native or indigenous people. Native Americans do not in any way celebrate this day and many to this day are still trying to bring to light some of the atrocities he caused and let the truth be told.
As a little bit of background, Columbus Day was originally conceived by the Knights of Columbus which at the time was a Catholic Fraternal organization that existed in the 1930’s. Soon after the then, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the day into law as a federal holiday in 1937.
Christopher Columbus was a thief:
This is news that was buried by the then administration but at the time while sailing Christopher Columbus actually stole another sailor’s reward. At the time Columbus actually offered a reward of a years’ worth of salary to the first person who discovered land. The truth is another sailor actually discovered land but Columbus reneged on the deal later claiming that he had in fact seen a dim light from land before this sailor.
Christopher Columbus lied about Natives:
Columbus had ulterior motives to acquire large tracts of land and various valuables and to do this he lied about the indigenous people claiming they were violent, not to be trusted and many other untruths which many people believed at the time and allowed him to pave the way for some of the worst atrocities in history.
Rape and Pillage were common among his men:
There are many verified stories of Columbus leaving his men behind in newly discovered lands only for his men to go on and rape and pillage the locals for no other reason than their own sordid pleasures. They were barbarians who felt little to nothing for native life and there are horror stories of them beheading local natives only to test the sharpness of their knives and for their own sick pleasure.
Greed for Gold:
Christopher Columbus was a greedy man and so was the men below him; they would often enslave locals and put them in horrific working conditions only so they could enrich themselves with gold and other valuable minerals. On a daily basis, many of these natives would die from the horrific working conditions only to be replaced by more natives which were captured and enslaved by his mean. Sadly these conditions killed off most natives who were enslaved.
There you have it, a few hard truths that you may not have known about Christopher Columbus, we hope you share this information so others are aware of the true nature of Christopher Columbus and his horrible crimes.
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