Columbus Day: Should we Celebrate it at all?

Essay by Blackandblue931Junior High, 7th gradeA+, March 2006

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What do you think of when you hear the name Columbus? Everyone knows Columbus sailed off on the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. But what did he exactly do when he got off the ships and went onto the new land? People say he set down his flag and explored the land himself, where as others say he went evil on the natives, making them become slaves and made them do as he said. Well, there's a whole other story waiting to be told.

Once Columbus sailed off on his three ships, he set out to sea for about 36 days. Once there Columbus set down his flag, unaware of the people hiding behind the trees and plants of the area, watching his every move. While walking on a path Columbus probably spotted some Native Americans. He was in fact not greedy at all but since they were there and had to know the area, he asked them for a little help.

Columbus asked them to find him some gold. After a few times of searching the land and coming back with nothing. Columbus lost a little bit of his temper. He then started to label the men and women of the new land, with buttons and tags. When the Natives were still not coming back, Columbus went to plan B. He told his men to tie up the Native Americans, and torture them. I think since he was torturing them, he thought why not kill them, they had no reason to live anyway. So he started to brutally hurt the men and women to death...

I think we should celebrate Columbus Day. Though he did a lot of bad things during his lifetime, he did have reasons. He lost his temper and then just became...