How Christopher Columbus Affected the Chattahoochee Valley

  Columbus Day has come and gone, but the subject lives on. 

  Columbus State University is tackling it with a series of programs on what Christopher Columbus wrought and how it affects us right here in the Chattahoochee Valley. 

  Retired Ledger-Enquirer editorial page editor and noted Columbus historian Bill Winn is very much involved in the subject,  writing books and conducting lectures on how the white man moved into the Chattahoochee Valley and moved the Creek Nation out.

Billy Winn - journalist, author, historian

Billy Winn - journalist, author, historian

  He delivered a lecture on the subject at the Columbus Library last night as a part of CSU’s “When Cultures Collide: Dialogues with Native American History and Culture.”

Columbus Public Library Auditorium

Columbus Public Library Auditorium

  He told us all about how the Creeks were defrauded of their property and forced out of the area. He also told us that a lot of people have the wrong ideas about Native Americans. They all didn’t live tee-pees, for instance. They had a nation with some 56 towns up and down the Chattahoochee River. There was even a capital.

  He didn’t deal with the subject of Christopher Columbus, for whom our town, Columbus, Georgia, is named. But, it will be delt with next Tuesday, October 21, 2008, when Gary Whitedeer will address the question, “Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?” That will be held at 12:30 pm at the CSU CLock Tower.

  As I said in the previous post to this, Columbus was not a nice guy, being responsible for killing and enslaving a lot of Native Americans.  Maybe we shouldn’t celebrate Columbus Day.

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One Response to “How Christopher Columbus Affected the Chattahoochee Valley”

  1. Redoubt Says:

    A few thoughts on this topic…

    Chances are pretty good that most, if not all of our ancestors would not stand contemporary scrutiny. Not a one.

    Christopher Columbus? Andrew Jackson? Abraham Lincoln? Each was a product of their time, a reflection of their own contemporary environment. For us to sit in judgment of them long after they had lived, died and could have offered even a limited defense of themselves seems… well, just a tad self-serving on our part.

    Chances are that had any single one of us been raised and lived in their time, we would have reflected it just as they did.

    This is not to defend any wrongs that may… or may not have been perpetrated by anyone we mentioned. Not in the least. It is just a reminder that wisdom is always in hindsight, and that it serves no good purpose to degrade those who, in their own time, were as common as you or I today.

    Who knows? It may be you and I who are someday held up to the light of years gone by, and judged against a future time we cannot even begin to imagine today.

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