The History of Columbus Day | National Geographic


What is Columbus Day? Why do we celebrate it? Discover out the history of the holiday, the 1492 voyage it commemorates, and the controversy it has ignited.
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Art Moderne building
Alleyway Theatre, Curtain Up Alley at Primary Street, Buffalo, New York state.

Partial quote from the theatre’s net website:

&quotAlleyway Theatre is situated in Buffalo, New York’s Theatre Historic District. Constructed in 1941 by Central Greyhound Lines, the developing served for decades as the city’s major bus depot. It is 1 of the many terminals made by nationally prominent architect William S. Arrasmith of Louisville who developed over one hundred stations for Greyhound in the late thirties and early forties.

The Alleyway Developing is a single of Buffalo’s most prominent examples of the Art Moderne style. The streamlined two story structure boasts the important features which defined the function of W. S. Arrasmith like round windows, curved wall surfaces, stainless steel and aluminum alloy trimmings, terrazzo floors, limestone façade, and exterior surfaces of glazed tile. This creating is 1 of only a handful of Mr. Arrasmith’s creations which is still standing.&quot

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More than the Canadian Thanksgiving/ Columbus Day (in the U.S.) long weekend, I met up with Eridony (Brandon) in Buffalo, New York. It was the third time that Brandon and I met up.

Buffalo is a city in western New York state on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, it’s situated about 17 miles (27 kms) south of Niagara Falls. Throughout the 19th century and up to the 1950s, Buffalo was a boom town and a main industrial and transportation hub due to its location along the Erie Canal, railroads and Lake Erie. In between the 1860s and 1910s, Buffalo actually ranked as the leading 10 biggest cities in the U.S. (Thanks for that info, Brandon!) For the duration of that period, Buffalo constructed many impressive public and private buildings, a lot of of which have survived till right now.

Buffalo had suffered decades of financial and population decline, but in the past ten years, appears to be recovering extremely slowly.
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The history of St. Patrick’s Day, which started out as a Holy Day for the Irish Catholics in the 10th or 11th century, goes all the way back to the late 3rd century when a small boy was born in Roman England by the name of Maewyn.  

Maewyn and his loved ones lived in a small town where his father was a soldier in the army, and a member of the town government.  Some accounts say that Maewyn was an agnostic and some say that his loved ones was Christian, but weren’t extremely powerful in their faith.  Either way, it does not genuinely matter because it was what occurred later in his life that gained him his notoriety.

When Maewyn was only 16, there was a raid on his village from Ireland, in the Irish Sea.  They captured Maewyn and a lot of of the villagers, and took them back to Ireland as servants and slaves for the regional Irish.  

It was right here in captivity that it is reported that Maewyn accepted God, and began to speak to him.  In truth, legend has it that he often spoke to God in prayer up to 1 hundred times a day.  And Maewyn was under the authority of a Celtic family, so he discovered the Celtic language and how to speak it fluently. Six years later, when he was 22, Maewyn escaped from his servitude, and ran to France.  There he joined a monastery and under the path of the Bishop of France, he studied the Bible.  It was this Bishop who gave him the name Patrick.  Legend has it that although Patrick was here in the monastery, he heard angels calling him back to Ireland.  

Soon after spending 12 years in the study of theology and Catholic Laws, he departed and went to Ireland to preach to a heathen nation.  He spent 30 years in evangelistic and missionary perform across the land.  He won several converts more than, healed folks, and it was even mentioned that he raised some folks from the dead.  Everywhere he went he announced God, and he built many schools and churches to aid market the Catholic religion.  Legend has it that angels followed him everywhere, and even told him where and how to go.  

Right after 30 years of missionary perform, he died on March 17th.  This is the day that has gone down in history as St. Patrick’s Day, for the patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day today has grown into a lot much more than just a Holy Day for Catholics.  Strict Catholics about the planet though do remember St. Patrick, generally in an early Mass on March 17th.  But every person joins in as a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and becomes Irish for the day.  It has now become a celebration of spring with parades specific Irish meals, green tinted drinks and beer, and so forth.  “The wearing of the green” and the Leprechaun have come about over the years to be Excellent Luck and prosperity to all and almost everything green usually represents the turning to spring – green is the color of life.  

So, with 1 day to be Irish, take benefit, and have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day.

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34 thoughts on “The History of Columbus Day | National Geographic”

  1. It’s crazy how they don’t talk about how he was a sex slaver, mass murdered, father of the slave trade , and ect. The real truths things about him

  2. There are serious questions about the nationality of Colom, the most credible one , would make him the "bastard" son of Spanish nobility, also it is very doubtful , a foreigner to the kingdom of Spain , would receive the title , Virey ,

  3. What a disgraceful thing for humanity and to make even better we honor this dirtbag with a holiday! !! Good job

  4. Let’s all not celebrate this holiday to the ones who know the truths remember u not helping if u not spreading the truth #Each 1 Teach 1

  5. Don’t act like you’ve never knocked on the wrong door, killed everyone inside, and then decided you lived there.
    #columbusday
    -Johnny Taylor, Jr.

  6. Recorded history of the first discovery of the Americas by Europeans.
    Great Event in history.
    Stone Age cultures over whelmed by a more advanced Western European Culture.
    Spanish: Mexico, Central and South America.
    British: USA and Canada.
    Even today a very striking difference.
    thank you Columbus.

  7. Wow way to drop the ball hard NATGEO! Columbus was a greedy bloodlusting asshole that came to the Americas and murdered women men and children and enslaved them if they didnt do as the Spaniards told them to do. How about telling the whole truth of the past!

  8. He wasn’t even the first too Vikings and Chinese discovered it they just didn’t make a big thing about it

  9. 525 years ago, Christopher Columbus completed a remarkable voyage to the Americas, launching a new era of exploration and discovery. Happy Columbus Day everyone!

  10. Dear fellow ethnic and indian peoples, In 1492 Columbus murdered those who looked liked me and you. Leave this evil holiday in the past please.

  11. Just to all of you uneducated people. The Native Americans brought a lot of misery upon themselves. All throughout history they were on the losing side of every single war. And why should we condemn the acts of Columbus, but praise the acts of Jefferson, Polk, McKinley, Roosevelt etc. all those people took way way more land from natives than Columbus did, yet you guys say those people are great. Just a bunch of hypocrites

  12. COLUMBUS WAS LOOKING FOR INDIA – THEY DID NOT KNOW JAPAN OR ASIA !! INDIA WAS THE RICHEST COUNTRY THEN, AND BOTH MOTHERFUCKERS – VASCO-DA-GAMA AND COLUMBUS – SET OUT TO LOOT INDIA, ALTHOUGH IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS (why ? do some research on treaties between spanish and portuguese empires for the "plunder" of the world) — VASCO DA GAMA REACHED INDIA IN 1498, COLUMBUS REACHED WEST INDIES IN 1492 !!
    They had to do so, because OTTOMAN EMPIRE EFFECTIVELY BLOCKED TRADE BETWEEN INDIA AND EUROPE !! AND EUROPE INDEED NEEDED INDIA BACK THEN – for the spices to preserve their food in the harsh winter of Europe and also a multitude of Indian products – HAVE THE GUTS TO SAY THE TRUE HISTORY, YOU DESCENDANTS OF SAVAGE EUROPEAN LOOTERS !!!

  13. "Italian-Americans" (as they deceptively refer to themselves as) are not the descendants of Columbus. There is no such thing as an Italian. Italy is a 19th century invention, comprised of many different ethnicities who are less related to one another than other European nations are to each other…all with different histories, cuisines and languages going back thousands of years: https://evolutionistx.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/genetic_map_of_europe.png S. Italian in Green is where 90% of "Italian-Americans" come from. Tuscan in Yellow = Central Italy, Northern Italian in Purple and Sardinia in dark Purple. Half the genes of "Southern Italians" are North African/Near Eastern, resulting in a dark complexion and a bit of a "pull" on the genetic map. History lesson: "The so-called Unification of Italy in 1860 was, for the South, an invasion and occupation with as many as a million people killed; women and children massacred; men shipped north to die in a concentration camp, their numbers unknown as the bodies were dissolved in caustic lime; hundreds of thousands imprisoned without any charges or trials; torture; rape; iron works and steel mills and agriculture destroyed; railroad tracks torn up; police duties entrusted to (thereby establishing the power of) the Mafia and the Camorra; the gold from the treasury of the Spanish Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies carried north to pay off the debts of Piedmont."

    "Columbus Day & Consequences: Re-examining Italian American Commemorations, Historic Anxieties, and (Some of) the Narratives They Silence by Kathryn Anastasi of Macalester College discusses why immigrants from Southern Italy hijacked Columbus Day despite not being his descendants — a desire to be "white" and gain acceptance in America society during a time they faced extreme discrimination: http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1102&context=tapestries

    From the Washington Post, Five myths about Christopher Columbus: 

    "The National Italian American Foundation calls the Columbus Day parade in New York “the most visible and accessible manifestation of our Italian American Pride,” and Italian Americans have led efforts to oppose changes to the holiday’s focus nationwide. But when Columbus lived, there was no such thing as an Italian; Italy did not exist until 1861. The best evidence suggests that the explorer was born in a village near Genoa, which is part of Italy today. To his deathbed, he proudly claimed Genoa as home. In Columbus’s lifetime, Genoa was a fiercely independent republic with its own language, currency and overseas colonies" https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-christopher-columbus/2015/10/08/3e80f358-6d23-11e5-b31c-d80d62b53e28_story.html?utm_term=.df078b7b846c

    The genetic studies I provide are from the European Journal of Human Genetics: https://images.nature.com/full/nature-assets/ejhg/journal/v24/n7/extref/ejhg2015233x5.jpg  Also, only 2% of "Italy" spoke "Italian" prior to 1861. Italy is also 80% mountainous, which meant all ethnic groups were isolated from one another.

    "Columbus Day & Consequences: Re-examining Italian American Commemorations, Historic Anxieties, and (Some of) the Narratives They Silence by Kathryn Anastasi of Macalester College discusses why immigrants from Southern Italy hijacked Columbus Day despite not being his descendants — a desire to be "white" and gain acceptance in America society during a time they faced extreme discrimination: http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1102&context=tapestries

    From the Washington Post, Five myths about Christopher Columbus: 

    "The National Italian American Foundation calls the Columbus Day parade in New York “the most visible and accessible manifestation of our Italian American Pride,” and Italian Americans have led efforts to oppose changes to the holiday’s focus nationwide. But when Columbus lived, there was no such thing as an Italian; Italy did not exist until 1861. The best evidence suggests that the explorer was born in a village near Genoa, which is part of Italy today. To his deathbed, he proudly claimed Genoa as home. In Columbus’s lifetime, Genoa was a fiercely independent republic with its own language, currency and overseas colonies" https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-christopher-columbus/2015/10/08/3e80f358-6d23-11e5-b31c-d80d62b53e28_story.html?utm_term=.df078b7b846c

    Forging an Ethnic Identity: The Case of Italian Americans: https://www.cairn.info/revue-francaise-d-etudes-americaines-2003-2-page-89.htm

  14. Columbus found the Americas in the stone age and opened them up to European civilization which did far more good than bad. Among other things, it put an end to mass human sacrifice and replaced a harsh form of slavery as practiced by the Aztecs with encomienda or serfdom as was practiced in Europe, with some labour obligations to the landlord but also many liberties. The natives contracted smallpox not directly from the Europeans, but indirectly from a black African slave named Francisco Eguía belonging to Panfilo de Narvaez who was sent by the Cuban governor to chase down and imprison Cortez. Thus the native smallpox mortality can be called an accident at best just like the black death in Europe introduced there from the Orient, or a white/black fault if blame is to be assigned. Contact with the Americas also transferred syphilis into the Old World. Moreover, whites are historically entitled to the Americas and can celebrate their heroes here without harassment. Although Columbus only rediscovered the Americas, the initial discovery belonged with the first American natives who were probably white as exemplified by several skeleton discoveries including those of the Kennewick Man which a federal judge ordered destroyed, and Haia. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dna-12000-year-old-skeleton-helps-answer-question-who-were-first-americans-180951469/ Those first Caucasian natives later probably interbred with the Mongoloid arrivals to produce modern Native Americans, or were routed by them as the Vikings were in Greenland.

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