If it were not for Columbus, where would we be? What would we be called?
Think of some names for the “New World” that Christopher Columbus was credited finding.
Monday is Columbus Day, observed by many in locations across the nation. Not observed and ignored by many more.
One of the largest celebrations will take place in New York where an estimated 35,000 participants will march along well-known streets.
One million or more onlookers will stand along the route waving flags and banners, yelling encouragement to the marchers and bands.
It was Oct. 12, 1492 that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas. Ye, according to history, he never set foot on the soil of what became he United States of America.
He is often portrayed as the first European to sail to the Americas and is said, at times, to be the discoverer of the New World.
Controversy surrounds the holiday and who did what back those hundreds of years.
Claims have been made that it was the European settlement that led to the decline of the indigenous peoples in these lands.
It is said that the Vikings from Scandinavia were the first Europeans to sail the Atlantic.
Some argue that Columbus sold not be honored for the discovery of the United States of America, because he only went as far as some of the islands in the Caribbean.
Be that as it may, there are many Americans who enjoy the day in spite of the controversy.
Many banks, the Post Office, state and local government offices and others close for the day, giving workers another three-day holiday weekend.