To give you a heads up – Columbus Day 2017 is just around the corner and you would all enjoy the long weekend coming up. Happy about it?? You should be because the federal holiday falling on the 9th of October this year has a lot of loopholes in it.
There are numerous myths that having gone around for years about the holiday which is believed to be celebrated in the memory of Christopher Columbus arriving and discovering America in the year 1492. Well, this too is a myth!! Did you know that??
Talking about myths, it is important for one to keep the concepts clear, whether it is about their life, profession or even the country. Hence, taking you on the path of Illuminati, it is time for some Columbus Day myths that you need to clear out.
Columbus didn’t make it to the American soil – never
With all teaching falling apart, Columbus was not the first person to land on the soil of America. In fact, Christopher Columbus never made it to the country itself. It was Leif Erickson who came in first, but about Columbus, he never stepped his foot anywhere near America. It was in the Bahamas that he landed and went ahead with his expedition.
Columbus painted the wrong picture of the native people
If you take a look at the excerpts of how Columbus defined the native people or the Native Arawaks in January 1493, you’d hate them for being so hostile and evil. However, in reality, it was the crew of Columbus which treated them as slaves. They made sure that the people were used as dog food to their crew members and were made to do all the hard work for them. They were brutally murdered by them and thrown for their own good.
Columbus day is celebrated only in America – false
You might be thinking that Columbus Day is a federal holiday celebrated only in America on the second Monday of every October. However, Columbus is celebrated by many other countries around the world. The Latin nations observe the same as Dia de la Raza, commemorating the meeting of European and Native American culture. Spain is where you’ll find the “National Day” being celebrated whereas; Columbia gets its name from the same holiday.
Columbus was arrested on his expedition – and returned to Spain
With all the news being spread how Columbus and his crew behaved and treated the people of Hispaniola, with the mismanagement he spread, Columbus was arrested by the-then Governor in 1500. Columbus was banished from the place and sent back to Spain in chains. What a shame he was.
Well, these being the myths, you should also know the rare facts about the federal holiday. Find them here.