Discovering Columbus

Columbus on Trial

For over 500 year Christopher Columbus enjoyed a seat in the pantheon of American history. Being the discovery of the New World came with well earned advantages. During the early days of our nation books, poems, and statues were made celebrating the man and his mission. Cities were named in his honor, even the seat of the American Government was christened the District of Columbia. There were some that even thought of making it the United States of Columbia.  The Admiral of the Ocean Sea (Columbus’s official title) was so important to the American ethos, that one of the first vessels in the Navy was the USS Columbus.

For years, the first thing children learned in school about America was the old rhyme ” In fourteen hundred ninety-two;
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” In many respects, the story of the United States begins with Christopher Columbus. With so much legacy spanning over several centuries, it comes as a shock to discover that the Discoverer has suddenly become public enemy number one. Every Columbus Day more and more communities destroy their monuments and re-baptize the day as Indigenous People’s Day.  Each year, anti-Columbus elements bring out more and wilder accusations in attempts to re-write the history books.

In order to present the facts, the history, and the truth, we have spent years gathering resources and combing through the records to uncover what really happened when the Old World encountered the New. This page will serve as the port of departure for people who want to explore past and find the truth about Columbus.

Is he a man we should remember? Was he a hero? What can we learn from his experiences? The answers to these questions and many more like them are available below. Go through the modern lies and the historical facts surrounding Columbus, and don’t forget to read the in depth articles!

Modern Lie

Columbus greedily sought gold so he could get rich.

Historical Fact

Columbus actually looked for gold both to repay Spain for funding the trip, and to provide for a Crusade to retake Jerusalem. Read more!

Modern Lie

Columbus sold the native women into sex slavery.

Historical Fact

Columbus fought against both the native practice of sexual exploitation and the trafficking which Spanish rebels started. Read more!

Modern Lie

Columbus was a criminal who was sent back to Spain in chains.

Historical Fact

Although Columbus was sent back in chains, it was for false allegations from which he was entirely exonerated.

Modern Lie

Columbus was a senile fool who had more luck than brains when discovering the New World.

Historical Fact

Columbus was one of the best navigators the world has ever seen. Something acknowledged by seamen then and now. See Samuel Morrison’s Admiral of the Ocean Sea for detailed information of Columbus’s incredible accomplishments as a mariner.

Modern Lie

Columbus committed mass genocide against the natives.

Historical Fact

Records show that the only time Columbus warred against the natives was in defense or when called upon by his native allies. The leading cause of death among the Indians was not war, but diseases. Watch PragerU’s video for more information!

Modern Lie

The indigenous people were a peaceful culture without slavery or oppression.

Historical Fact

The cultures which Columbus encountered were barbaric, with tribes conquering, enslaving, and cannibalizing each other to the point of complete extermination. Read More!

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By |2018-12-11T11:05:47+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Issues and Articles, Library|Comments Off on Discovering Columbus