Youngzine Copyright © 2010-19 All rights reserved. But Columbus proposed a bold new scheme. He has endorsed a plan by Columbia University professor David Eisenbach, a candidate for public advocate, to keep the statue in place, but to turn the public plaza around it into an educational forum with information about the history of conquest and slavery. The Norse landing here almost 500 years before him. Columbus stole from the natives, killed them, destroyed their homes, and then went back to Spain and lied to get more supplies.
During that period, Congress repeatedly forced treaties on Native Americans. Evaluation of historical elements is curious in this regard: it is highly dependent on the present state of the society and changes significantly usually for the more critical one over time. One Jewish group has asked that the name and image of Peter Stuyvesant be scrubbed from New York because of the virulent anti-Semitism of the 17th century Dutch governor. These included foods, cultures, diseases, technologies, and massive amounts of transplanted people. According to 2014 figures from the U. The states of South Dakota and Alaska do too.
Columbus and his crew treated them brutally. Individual cities and states can decide how to honor Columbus—if at all. He also was not even the first European. Throughout his years in the New World, Columbus enacted policies of forced labor in which natives were put to work for the sake of profits. This process has transformed humanity, sometimes introducing conflict, but has also engendered cooperation and meaningful exchanges that have encouraged positive developments for people in every corner of the globe. More than 30 other cities and the states of South Dakota and Alaska have similar celebrations.
He is a professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, a Native American group. Sims performed experimental gynecological operations on enslaved African women in the American South including over 34 operations on a single woman without the benefit of anesthesia or any type of antiseptic. These islands and countries owe their name to Christopher Columbus, who christened each of the new lands! Where is the mention of Native spirituality, a force that guided and cared for them? I think that he predicted stuff correctly. Who was Columbus and why is he sparking such a divisive debate? European powers rushed to build settlements in the New World. The rates of alcoholism, depression, and violence are quite high in these communities. He was originally supposed to go to India when in fact, he discovered America.
The offering of bounties increased the level of violence with the true intent pointed at the complete erasure of Indians from the face of America. Now, more cities have joined in on the movement. This was so bad, that he was removed from power and thrown in jail. The Italian-born explorer persuaded the king and queen of Spain to pay for a voyage to Asia. While the former passes each year with relatively little controversy, opposition to Columbus Day observed on the second Monday of October has intensified in recent decades.
Be warned that if the argument goes toward the holiday being not justified - you need to have an alternate plan for this holiday we even renamed it Lief Erikson Day one year and followed the voyage in reading writing and math Higher learners can be challenged to come up with more evidence for each side of the debate and glue their evidence on a chart paper to determine the consensus of more than one academic source - it's a great way to teach research skills at the same time. Columbus sailed for 10 weeks. Countless others died from smallpox and other European diseases to which they had no resistance. You can likely envision their fate with the so-called 'men' of Columbus' crew. That's the highest percentage of any racial group. Their population decreased drastically by 80-90% because of exposure to diseases like smallpox and measles brought by the settlers. He forced so many into slavery.
I then I have them respond to the focus question with their opinions on whether or not the facts justify the holiday. Indigenous people continued to suffer as more Europeans arrived in the Americas, which they called the New World. It's the invaders masking their theft. Of the 500 slaves Columbus took to Spain, 300 arrived alive, where they were put up for sale, naked. In , I identify the Columbian Exchange including the European colonization of the Americas as the first wave of global integration.
Singularly focused on his mission to find riches and conquer new lands, Columbus and his teams treated the indigenous groups they came across as obstacles to their greater mission. Natives were enslaved and tortured to force them to hand over non-existing gold. However, many Americans think we should continue to honor Columbus Day. It really phases me how this is a American Holiday. The trip had to be made by ship around Africa and Asia or over land routes controlled by hostile armies. He was a villain and a terrible person. Stories have spread about how the Italian navigator sailed west from Spain in 1492.