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The history of Columbus and Indigenous people

October 11, 2021

Columbus Day is a United States holiday marking the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, and was a well-known explorer. He set sail after being ordered by the Spanish rulers King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to find a new route to India. He and about 90 other men set sail on three ships: the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Niña. He somehow trailed off course and ended up in the Americas more specifically the Bahamas leading him to claim the founding of the Americas. 

However, Indigenous tribes were already settled here. The land on which they lived was a part of their culture. Their ancestors who had died were buried on the same land they grew up on. So, when their land was colonized, the Indigenous tribes became upset with Columbus and the Spanish explorers who were taking away part of their culture. On the first day, the Spaniards ordered six indigenous people to be seized as servants.

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