While we know Columbus did not "discover" America (that honor goes to the Vikings) he did open the door for Europeans to explore the previously unknown continents of North and South America. That led to the eventual creation of the United States of America. However, his journey also brought catastrophe to the native people of the Americas through sickness, conquest, and war. Native Americans do not celebrate Columbus Day. Should we?
So...was Christopher Columbus a discoverer or destroyer? Does he deserve a holiday? What do you think? Post your thoughts below. Be sure to follow the Blog Expectations.