“Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until the 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years.
Although you’ll need to get past the commercials first I’ve included a link to the History Channel’s short video (a couple of minutes) about Christopher Columbus, the man and the myth, another reminder that history often different from what we learn in the classroom texts. Click on The Real Story of Columbus.”