Columbus in America from Zinn Education Project

As we reflect on today’s holiday which goes by different names in different states, it is important to reflect on the reasons that some have backed away from celebrating a day for Columbus. My question as I learn more about historical figures and events from history is why we are taught myths about “the founding” of this land that we live on and so many of the events that followed?

For more information on a more accurate portrayal of what occurred when Europeans “discovered” a so-called new land that had actually been inhabited for tens of thousands of years, check out the Smithsonian Museum’s page titled Unlearning Columbus Day Myths: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the resources available at Native Knowledge 360.

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