The Curious Case of Christopher Columbus

Did he actually discover America? Did he prove that Earth wasn’t flat? Was he really a hero?

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Christopher Columbus is depicted landing in the West Indies, on an island that the natives called Guanahani and he named San Salvador, on October 12, 1492. (Artist: John Vanderlyn, Source: Wikipedia)

Moreover, when one looks at all this concocted story in the context of Columbus’ legacy in the United States, it makes me even more surprised that an individual — responsible for the death of millions — not only ended up being hailed as a hero and also secured a permanent place in American mythology.

Did Christopher Columbus actually discover America?

Did Columbus prove that Earth wasn’t flat?

Was Columbus really a hero?

To summarize my thoughts, Christopher Columbus's story — both as an explorer and as a human — is arguably one of the most polarizing tales vis-a-vis American history. Some believed him to be the hero and even celebrated days in his name whereas, for native Americans, he was a brutal usurper, who confiscated their lands and gold — leading to the death of thousands, if not millions, of their brothers and sisters.

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