The History of Columbus Day

Columbus may not have discovered the Americas, but it was his arrival—and subsequent three additional voyages over the next twelve years—that shepherded in an era of exploration and colonization of North and South America… While this opened up economic and political opportunities for European powers, the colonization of the New World led to the exploitation of its indigenous peoples, often violently and eventually with disastrous results for many cultures. Columbus’s participation in such brutality eventually led to his arrest and caused him to lose favor with the Spanish monarchy.”