History of Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a big holiday in the United States, and it started being celebrated nationally in 1937. This day usually brings a great deal of patriotism all over the country, so all poets, writers, teachers, public figures, and other opinion leaders always mention the significance of the discovery made on that day by Christopher Columbus. The history of America’s discovery is even more fascinating than the day itself. Actually, Columbus had been sent by Spanish royal family to find a new way to India and China, where the endless resources of gold could be found. Instead, Columbus found himself on the shores of the Bahamas, but he was still dead sure that he had sailed to the right destination. Later on, he realized that he seemed to discover new land. This became the cause for the massive emigration from Spain, England, and other countries. The first pilgrims actually started the process of the American pot melting, and it is the reason why this day is much celebrated.

Surprisingly, Columbus was approved by Catholic church, as he managed to discover a new land, which became a refuge place and home for thousands of Europeans. This controversial event created the American nation itself. Celebrating this day means paying a dose of respect to Columbus’ fundamental discovery, courage of first pilgrims, and remembrance of Native Americans, who, unfortunately, were affected by the wave of Europeans coming to explore and inhabit a new land. There is a place for pride, but also there are severe lesson to be learned. First pilgrims were strong enough to sail to the New World, but their ancestors were careless about native population. As a result of those hard processes, we must remember and appreciate anyone, who had a part in the formation of the American nation.