by James Buchanan
On October 12th, 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the New World and Europe moved from the Dark Ages into an age of exploration, invention and progress. Liberal activists are trying to get White people to forget the great achievements of men like Columbus and have slandered this great man in their endless efforts to suffocate history with a poisonous atmosphere of White Guilt.
In the last two decades, it’s been discovered that some of the earliest human remains in North America appear to show Caucasian features with Kennewick Man, the most famous. This suggests that White people were the first to settle North America. This of course does not go over well with anti-White liberal academics. It suggests that the Indians should be the ones feeling guilty about wiping out the previous White settlers of America.
Contrary to what we’ve been told, Europeans in 1492 realized that the world was round, but it was not known that the continents of North and South America were between Europe and Asia. The Atlantic Ocean was thought to extend for over 12,000 miles so no attempt to sail it was attempted. The spice trade to the Orient was the main motivation to find new routes by sea to the far east. The Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453 and the easy overland routes to the east were blocked. The Portuguese found a sea route to the east, going around Africa. It was at this time that Columbus convinced the Spanish to try to find a direct sea route to Asia by going west. After a voyage of more than two months, Columbus landed on San Salvador island in the Bahamas on Oct. 12th, 1492.
One source notes “Washington Irving’s 1828 biography of Columbus popularized the idea that Columbus had difficulty obtaining support for his plan because many Catholic theologians insisted that the Earth was flat. In fact, most educated Westerners had understood that the Earth was spherical at least since the time of Aristotle, who lived in the 4th century BC and whose works were widely studied and revered in Medieval Europe.”
“The sphericity of the Earth is also accounted for in the work of Ptolemy, on which medieval astronomy was largely based. Christian writers whose works clearly reflect the conviction that the Earth is spherical include Saint Bede the Venerable in his Reckoning of Time, written around AD 723. In Columbus’ time, the techniques of celestial navigation, which use the position of the sun and the stars in the sky, together with the understanding that the Earth is a sphere, had long been in use by astronomers and were beginning to be implemented by mariners.”
Columbus did however greatly underestimate the sea voyage to Asia, but this mistake was canceled out by the discovery of two new continents. Instead of finding a new route for the spice trade to the east, Columbus discovered a whole new world, rich with gold and tobacco. Of the world’s four largest food crops: rice, wheat, corn and the potato, The last two, corn and the potato came from the New World.
The Spanish sent out an expedition to circle the world in 1519 under Ferdinand Magellan, completing what Columbus had originally set out to do: reaching the Orient by sailing west. The voyage by Columbus established that ships of the time could sail thousands of miles across an open ocean. On his second voyage, Columbus brought sugar cane plants to the Caribbean, which started a highly profitable sugar trade. Columbus discovered there was a place where ships could re-supply on a westward voyage between Europe and Japan. The discovery of the New World led to the construction of bigger, better ships that could more easily sail across the ocean and carry out trade over thousands of miles.
Beginning in the 1970s, liberals have done their best to try to demonize Columbus and White people in general. They cite the early slave trade, forgetting that slavery had existed for thousands of years, and that Europeans would eventually outlaw slavery, benefiting every land under European control.
Liberals give no credit to the Spanish for bringing Christianity to the New World. Every place the Spaniards went, they stopped human sacrifices, cannibalism and other brutal practices of the natives. Apparently liberals consider this a “negative.” The self-righteous liberals only seem to value things like Gay marriage and Diversity.
Columbus left 39 men behind at Fort Christmas founding the settlement of La Navidad in Hispaniola (present-day Haiti). The Taino Indians slaughtered ALL OF THEM. The natives saw an opportunity to kill all the Spanish (Wouldn’t that be considered genocide?) and steal their possessions and that’s exactly what they did. Columbus returned with a force of 1,200 and refrained from massacring the Taino in retaliation. Columbus also discovered Cuba, which became a Spanish colony until 1898.
Columbus deserves to be remembered and honored for being the greatest explorer of all time and for beginning the European settlement of America that led to the creation of the United States. Important new crops like corn and potatoes were soon brought back to Europe. Christianity was introduced to the natives, and human sacrifice was abolished. Present day Indians enjoy the advantages of a modern society. Columbus deserves to have a holiday in his honor. If some people complain that there are too many holidays, we can always get rid of Martin Luther King Day.