Is Columbus Named After a Mass Murderer?

  I’d like to wish you a happy Columbus Day, but I don’t think that’s a good idea. Someone may get the idea that I think Columbus was a nice guy. He wasn’t.  In fact, according to some historians, he was a mass murderer, praticing genocide and enslavement. 

 He said during his trial in Spain that he didn’t do it. That it was the work of those under him. He was convicted so it would be fair to consider that he was guilty. About six months later, the king and queen of Spain pardoned him and his brothers. So they served six months for mass murder, enslavement and torture of Native Americans. 

Chritopher Columbus. Painting by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (1483-1561)

Chritopher Columbus. Painting by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (1483-1561)

    If he was indeed guilty of those atrocities, that means that our national holiday celebrates the 1492 landing on an island Chris called San Salvador by, arguably, a cold blooded killer. He thought he had reached India and called the people already here, a lot of whom he had allegedly killed and enslaved, Indians.

  This also means that in 1828, the folks who founded Columbus, Georgia decided to name the city after a mass murderer. It seems that Washington Ivring’s 1828 book about Columbus influenced that decision. Irving must have left off the part about genocide.  Let’s hope so.  I’d hate to think Columbus founders knew all that bad stuff and named the city after him anyway.

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One Response to “Is Columbus Named After a Mass Murderer?”

  1. Aishah Bowron Says:

    Christopher Columbus is a genocidal mass murderer, slaver and thief. I wish he wasn’t born. Forget Columbus and let’s celebrate Leif Eriksson Day instead.

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