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In case you missed it, today is Columbus Day. So unless you work at a bank or at the post office, it's a day that, for most, goes largely ignored or overlooked.
John Burnley, KYTX 7:07 PM. CDT October 10, 2016
We've all heard of the Niña, Pinta and the Santa Maria, and the fabled expedition by legendary explorer, Christopher Columbus and his arrival in the Americas in 1492.
However, many of the details often go overlooked.
In a nutshell... attempting to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled Gold and Spice islands of Asia. The epic journey was sponsored by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. Which, at that time, with the resources available, was akin to sending a man to mars.
Contrary to popular belief, educated Europeans of Columbus' Day did believe that the world was round. But they underestimated the world's size, calculating that East Asia must lie approximately where North America sits on the globe.
So, discovering the 'new world' was really just an accident.
Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937.
In recent decades, however, controversy over Columbus' 'discovery' has gained traction in this country.
Some saying it sparked the greatest waves of genocide of the Native Americans known in history.
Many consider Columbus a hero, but some consider him a villain.
What we can agree on. Our great nation as we know it may not exist had it not been for the bravery, greed, or a simple navigation miscalculation of Christopher Columbus.
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