If It Weren’t For Columbus, We Wouldn’t Be Here

If It Weren’t For Columbus, We Wouldn’t Be Here

If It Weren’t For Columbus, We Wouldn’t Be Here

If Christopher Columbus hadn’t decided to sail the ocean blue, we wouldn’t be here. That’s just a simple undeniable fact.

As I said, I’m not here to praise the man but to celebrate his deeds. Columbus taught himself Latin to study ancient and medieval manuscripts for clues about the circumference of the globe and his prospective journeys. True, his calculations were wildly off, overestimating the size of Asia and underestimating the size of the globe. But he also knew that he had to make the mission sound easier, like any startup seeking venture capital. Columbus yearned to fulfill the prophecy of Seneca’s Medea: “An age will come after many years when the Ocean will loose the chains of things, and a huge land lie revealed.” And so he did, in four remarkable voyages that charted and changed the world.

Christopher Columbus realized long before his first voyage, that there had to be another way to trade with Asia. It took years of diplomacy and persuasion to get that first ocean trip funded. 

But today, the left rabidly proclaims that Christopher Columbus was so genocidal that all statues of him must be torn down. If the left had its way, they’d try to erase him from history. They already have help from the Biden Administration who pandered to them by proclaiming today as “Indigenous Peoples Day.” 

Our country was conceived on a promise of equality and opportunity for all people — a promise that, despite the extraordinary progress we have made through the years, we have never fully lived up to. That is especially true when it comes to upholding the rights and dignity of the Indigenous people who were here long before colonization of the Americas began. For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society. We also recommit to supporting a new, brighter future of promise and equity for Tribal Nations — a future grounded in Tribal sovereignty and respect for the human rights of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world.

Isn’t that fun? Americans, WHITE Americans, are getting lectured by an old white guy about how we are still racist and the Indians have suffered the most. Do NOT get me wrong, our westward expansion was not without problems. Problems that harmed the Indian tribes Americans encountered. However, what this proclamation and the left REFUSE to recognize is that the Indian tribes themselves all over North, Central, and South America also went to war with each other, engaged in slavery, and were not the first to set foot on this continent. 

Back to Christopher Columbus. Keep in mind, in the 1400’s, many in Europe thought the world was flat. And there were only two trade routes to Asia. One overland and the other by sea down around what is now called the Cape of Good Hope. 

This is where we should indeed be celebrating Christopher Columbus. His four voyages opened up opportunities that literally changed the world. But the left doesn’t want to recognize this. The left ALSO refuses to recognize that every single European and Asian country at that time practiced slavery. The left decided they didn’t like Christopher Columbus, so he must be erased. 

In August a judge ruled that the Columbus statue in Philadelphia must stay and remove the plywood that covered it up. Needless to say, the left is not happy. They’d rather the statue be torn down, destroyed, or stuffed into a warehouse somewhere. Such as this incident in Minnesota last year.

Christopher Columbus is barely mentioned in most public schools these days. If he is, students are told that he killed and enslaved Indians. The problem is, other than a 525 year old letter, there are exactly ZERO first hand accounts of what he did or didn’t do. And no, Howard Zinn’s atrocious history book doesn’t count as evidence. 

Even people who should know history, don’t. 

The fact is, if it weren’t for Christopher Columbus setting out across the ocean with his three ships, The Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, we would not be here. 

Columbus’s discovery of The New World began a cultural exchange that changed Europe and the Americas forever. In his book America: The Last Best Hope, William J. Bennett points out that Columbus’ exploration of America introduced the potato, maize, peanuts, and turkeys to Europe, forever revolutionizing their farming practices, and Europeans introduced apples, grapes, and horses to the new world. The horse alone would become an essential element to the culture of many Native American tribes, such as the Comanches.

Both the Old World and the New benefitted from Christopher Columbus explorations. We benefit to this day because of he and his crews. That should be celebrated, not erased. 

Happy Columbus Day!

Feature Photo Credit: 2005 photo of Columbus Statue in Baltimore, destroyed in 2020, by Brent Moore via Flickr, cropped and modified

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  • Cameron says:

    “Needless to say, the left is not happy.”

    You could remove every single object in this nation that hurts their delicate little feelings and 24 hours later, they’d be whining about something else. So Happy Columbus Day and to hell with who that upsets.

  • John C. says:

    Actually, most educated people in the time of Columbus knew that the Earth was round (there were 3 empirical proofs known to Aristotle) and that it was 25,000 miles in circumference, as calculated by Eratosthenes around 200B.C. Columbus was treated as a crackpot because they thought he was.

    But he was not really a crackpot. He was WRONG, mind you, but he had what he thought was good reason to believe his calculation of the size of the Earth was correct. He considered Marco Polo’s estimate of Eurasia as being 180° of the Earth’s circumference, instead of about 120°, to be correct. But there was also some empirical evidence. Occasionally, plant debris would wash up on the western shores of the Canary Islands that could not have survived floating from Asia, if the world was as big as everyone else thought, without rotting away or being eaten by sea life. The notion of there being an entire set of continents he was unaware of never occurred to him.

  • Bruce says:

    A couple of things:

    Columbus was ITALIAN. Or, in the words of Legs Diamond, the well-dressed Je-ish gangster, a “spaghetti-bender”

    At the time of his departure from Spain in three tiny, barely seaworthy ships, Spain was mostly occupied by Moorish invaders. Care to guess why the head-loppers refer to Spain as Al Andalus?

    Spain sent Columbus WEST for two reasons: Firstly, contrary to popular myth, they were well aware that the earth was roughly spherical and, secondly, the Arab pirates and land bandits had choked off the Silk Road and other ways to Asia. Columbus wasn’t just going on a three-hour cruise. He was lumbered with the task of finding a westward sea rout to the Indies. Hence the big bunch of islands south of Florida being known as the WEST Indies in nautical (and cricketing) circles. Jamaica? No, Mon, she was hot to trot!

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  • Taylor says:

    Nina, it is a myth that people thought the world was flat in 1492.

  • Taylor says:

    Bruce the only part of Spain that was occupied by the Moors in 1492 was the Kingdom of Granada which surrendered to Ferdinand and Isabella the same month (August, 1492) that Columbus set sail. Three pivotal events happened in Spain in1492: the Fall of the Kingdom of Granada, the expulsion of the Jews, and Columbus’s first voyage.

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