Why, Mr. Columbus?


Why Mr. Columbus?

Why do we continue to give you credit for something you did not even do, Mr. Columbus? You did not even come ashore on our land, but in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I will forgive you for the navigation errors because you did not have access to the tools to come hundreds of years in the future. That was hardly your fault. However, you spread the evil of slavery, and you destroyed the land with your greedy quest for gold. This is hardly worth a special day of honor! Your various excursions set in motion the wide-spread exchange of people, plants, animals, diseases, and cultures that significantly impacted nearly every society in the world.

For example, you brought horses to the Natives. This brought about a gradual change or shift in lifestyle because the Natives went from being a nomadic culture to a hunter/gatherer one. Foods from the Americas such as potatoes, tomatoes and corn became part of the normal European diet and helped surge their populations. Wheat from Europe and the Old World quickly became a main food source for people in the Americas. Coffee from Africa and sugar cane from Asia became major cash crops for Latin American countries. However, did this give you the right to treat the people and the land so terribly? I don’t think so. Looking back, this has certainly been a mixed blessing! If you had been a kinder person, you would have deserved your day of honor.