Today is Columbus Day. It’s not Indigenous People’s Day, it’s not Discoverer’s Day. If you want to celebrate some other day then mark it in your calendar and dance in the streets as you please. It’s is also known that Vikings visited North America also. So who gets credit with being the first migrants to the New World? They all do.
The original ships were the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria used by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage across the Atlantic were common trading vessels. The Santa Maria which Columbus never liked, ran aground and sank on Christmas Eve 1492 in Hispaniola (now Cap Haitien). She was a Nao, a type of cargo vessel.
It was the Spanish King and Queen, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, that financed the voyages of Columbus to what was called the New World.
Later came the first arrivals from Europe seeking a new life in the New World and religious freedom. In this time in history, the world was very different than it is now. Today, some people would rather focus on the mistakes of the early arrivals. I focus on the events that mark great accomplishment in human history. Some people would rather erase these events from history and that’s dangerous to the future. What we learn from the past is what guides our future. Otherwise we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.
I remember growing up and imagining what it must have been like back then. Then I can appreciate the time I live in now. So I will celebrate Columbus Day as that event in history where edge of the earth was disproven and the undiscovered country was found.