Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Columbus Day.

Yesterday was Columbus Day, a holiday which should be abolished. It should be abolished not because it may be offensive to Native Americans who discovered America when their ancestors crossed over the Bering Strait from Asia during the last Ice Age. But because Columbus should not be celebrated at all. He did not discover America. He stumbled upon the Caribbean, the island of San Salvador to be exact, where he landed on October 21, 1492. To put it simply, the man got lost and now we celebrate him as a great explorer. Sad, very sad. Also, America was named after Amerigo Vespucci who explored America but we do not bother to erect his statues in public places or name avenues after him. And what about Leif Ericson, the first European who actually landed on the North American continent centuries before Columbus got lost?