Many Americans view Columbus as a heroic figure whom is celebrated every year. Children look up to him, as an amazing person for being able to “discover” America and citizens are able to spend a whole day off from work/school to reflect on his greatness. However, this greatness should in no way be glorified, because it is absurd to call Columbus a hero. Columbus had taken credit for things that he didn’t accomplish, brutally abused Native Americans and caused slave trade, which led to mistreatment of Native Americans for years to come.
I strongly believe that Columbus day should not be celebrated because of the torture, slavery, and lying that was caused by him. Columbus had taken credit for things that he didn’t accomplish. He wasn’t the first to discover America since there were already people living there and others had known about this land. Also, there was a myth being taught at schools that had said Columbus was the one to prove the earth was round. Many educated Europeans had already believed in the world not being flat during the time of Columbus.
However, those who didn’t agree with this statement mocked the ones who did. Lastly, Columbus was not the first non-American to discover the new world. “There is, indeed, considerable evidence that people from all around the world, including Europe, had visited the Americas for trade, fishing, refuge, and even settlement. ” (Source: Why We Should Abolish Columbus Day by G Rebecca Dobbs) Therefore, Columbus had not truly succeeded in the things we know about him and did more negative things than positive. Columbus was also in charge of abusing the Native Americans.
He started to promote men into raping females as young as nine years old. If anyone had tried to stop his acts, or didn’t agree to his commands, Columbus would cut off their noses and ears. This shows that he wasn’t anywhere near a hero, he was completely heartless. Columbus would also force the people to go out and find him gold. Those who couldn’t acquire any had their hands cut off. In addition, Columbus would send his men with dogs to track down people and use them as food for the canines.
In the end, the miserable natives turned to acts of suicide in order to escape the torture. The Native people of Haiti, where Columbus established a colony in 1493, were almost completely exterminated in one generation, due directly, or indirectly to Columbus’ actions. ” (Source: Why We Should Abolish Columbus Day by G Rebecca Dobbs) He was in no way someone who achieved great things; he was a villainous killer and started much more issues in the future. Columbus continued to create barbarity even after harming so many Native Americans. Next came his idea of enslavement. Columbus would capture people from other islands and send them off to do work for him. Also, he would take these helpless humans and ship them to Europe as slaves.
Others had taken in interest in this idea and begun to take slaves onto their land too. Therefore, leaving Columbus starting the pattern of transatlantic slave trade. Having enslavement occur throughout many islands, the population decreased vastly and rapidly. “The first Africa-to-Caribbean slave trade was carried out by none other than Columbus’ son, in 1505” (Source: Why We Should Abolish Columbus Day by G Rebecca Dobbs) There was no surprise that Christopher’s family members would join into the enslavement and mistreatment of natives from the Caribbean islands, stirring up more problems later on in society.
By having our country celebrate Columbus every single year, we are supporting his very limited amount of new discoveries, killing and harming the Natives, and his start of slavery throughout the world. He gives us no reasoning as to why we should worship him or praise him for his actions. As Americans, we should abolish his day of fame and replace it with just a regular day, almost as if forgetting his existence and what he is commonly known for, but not the realistic pain he had caused.