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Columbus’ first name isn’t really Christopher. What is it?

Today is Columbus Day, which marks what is arguably the first landing of a European in the “New World.” On October 12, 1492, an ambitious seaman sailed into the West Indies, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The West Indies is a region of more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays in the Caribbean Sea. When Columbus landed there, he mistakenly believed that he had reached the Indies, his intended destination. (The Indies was a term once used to refer to South and Southeast Asia. The name is derived from the Indus River. India’s naming follows a similar path.)

Columbus was born into a family of wool weavers in 1451 in Genoa, which is now a part of modern Italy. He was named Christoffa Corombo. (The Italian version of the name is Cristoforo Colombo.) The name that the explorer is called in the English language history books, Christopher Columbus, is the Anglicization of the Latin Christophous Columbus.

When he settled in Spain, he called himself Cristóbal Colón.

Some of the most popular Spanish surnames have fascinating meanings. Read about that here.

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  1. Mark Patrick -  October 13, 2015 - 11:56 am

    Christopher Columbus never existed, he’s was known as Cristobal Colon and became a Spaniard and sailed under the Spanish flag. He was a man of his time and everybody after him was doing the same to the Native American Indians from Canada to Tierra del Fuego. Except for the priest/padres who came with the Spanish conquerers who were kind,helpful and protected the Natives and saw them as humans instead of savages. Some of those priest should be the one to be honored instead. Colon never made it to what is now the USA. Ponce de Leon was the first European to do so. That said, the Vikings, if they arrived, they just camped and did’t leave any trace or historical significance. They didn’t explore or colonize like the Spaniards. They didn’t built roads, cities, churches, schools, hospitals and opened the gate for other Europeans to come all over the Americas. USA.

    “The oldest history of the United States is written in Spanish.” Thomas Jefferson

    “I have always felt that one of the great inadequacies among Americans of this country in their knowledge of the past has been the knowledge of the whole Spanish influence and exploration and development in the sixteenth century in the southwest of the United States [sic] which is a tremendous story. Unfortunately, too, Americans think that America was discovered in 1620 when the Pilgrims came to my own state, and they forget the tremendous adventure of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the southern and southwestern United States.” John F. Kennedy

    “One of the wonderful things about this Spanish pioneering—almost as remarkable as the pioneering itself—was the humane and progressive spirit which marked it from first to last. Histories of the sort long current speak of that hero-nation as cruel to the Indians; but, in truth, the record of Spain in[Pg 24] that respect puts us to the blush. The legislation of Spain in behalf of the Indians everywhere was incomparably more extensive, more comprehensive, more systematic, and more humane than that of Great Britain, the Colonies, and the present United States all combined. Those first teachers gave the Spanish language and Christian faith to a thousand aborigines, where we gave a new language and religion to one. There have been Spanish schools for Indians in America since 1524. By 1575—nearly a century before there was a printing-press in English America—many books in twelve different Indian languages had been printed in the city of Mexico, whereas in our history John Eliot’s Indian Bible stands alone; and three Spanish universities in America were nearly rounding out their century when Harvard was founded. A surprisingly large proportion of the pioneers of America were college men; and intelligence went hand in hand with heroism in the early settlement of the New World.”

    It yet remains for someone to make as popular the truths of North American history as the fables have been.” Charles F. Lummis (1859-1928), explorer, archeologist, historian, novelist, journalist, editor, anthropologist, and founder of societies and museums

    “The oldest history of the United States is written in Spanish.” Thomas Jefferson

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  2. Franz -  November 8, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    Mr. Colon was born of a Polish Jew father..he is a crypto Jew and his destination was NOT an accident..he had many Jews on board his ship that had a sail marked with a Templar cross..the Templars origin comes from the Temple of Solomon under King Baldwin..He was looking to escape persecution with other Jews and found a land that he could easily exploit..Why was he credited when there is clear evidence of the Viking runes found in America? Templars, became Jesuits and Freemasons and the Freemasons clearly established most of the US. The Jesuits owned most of the land.this is why D.C..district of Columbia is named for the fake “Columbus”. Jews were major players of the Opium and slave trade and Columbus was one of the first to exploit this with the Indigenous people.

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  3. Aishah Bowron -  June 12, 2011 - 4:01 am

    Christopher Columbus was an evil, brutal, cold, calculating, pig-brained bloodthirsty murderer who enslaved and killed native Americans !. Even worse he was a moron for thinking he was in the East Indies so he called the people Indians !. I prefer the Viking navigator Leif Eriksson who is much better explorer than Christopher Columbus !. Leif is the rightful discoverer of America who discovered Newfoundland in Canada while Chris is a usurper who only reached a few tiny islands in the Caribbean !. Chris is a guy who brought death and destruction to the New World !. I want Columbus Day abolished !.

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    • Jezza -  June 7, 2015 - 11:23 pm

      I agree

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      • Jezza -  June 7, 2015 - 11:29 pm

        I reckon he is a basterd who murders people for fun

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        • Paloa -  February 6, 2016 - 8:11 pm

          There has been evidence now for over a half century that “Columbus” was a woman. Her name changes attest to a hidden secret that the royal court of Spain could not allow to be found out, lest the royals have to explain the fact of her gender. These facts allow us to understand her brutality in order for her to cover her own sexual being, and in so doing to put forward the agenda of the new world order of furthering the cause of the Spanish Court to gain dominance and power above and beyond what the English were in the middle of. Should the Spanish Court allow anyone to get in the way of profit and power, it would have had to deal with a more powerful France and England. So, taking on a female of Italian heritage was a perfect cover, and it’s now history that will come into play to see who the real culprit was and what her destiny was.

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    • Mark Patrick -  October 13, 2015 - 12:02 pm

      Aishah you would done the same. Sadly that is how things were 500 years ago. And even today not much has change for Natives in places like Brazil, Ecuador or Bolivia.
      Look at Bush who went invaded and attack Iraq as “liberator” resulting in over 200,000 innocent Iraqi dead for not reason at all. That is war crimes but nobody is sending him and his friends to the Hague. Or look at the many USA cops each day abusing and killing so many innocent civilians, mostly blacks, for fun instead of sending those cops to jail for good. None of that is happening in any other wealthy civilized nations.

      “One of the wonderful things about this Spanish pioneering—almost as remarkable as the pioneering itself—was the humane and progressive spirit which marked it from first to last. Histories of the sort long current speak of that hero-nation as cruel to the Indians; but, in truth, the record of Spain in[Pg 24] that respect puts us to the blush. The legislation of Spain in behalf of the Indians everywhere was incomparably more extensive, more comprehensive, more systematic, and more humane than that of Great Britain, the Colonies, and the present United States all combined. Those first teachers gave the Spanish language and Christian faith to a thousand aborigines, where we gave a new language and religion to one. There have been Spanish schools for Indians in America since 1524. By 1575—nearly a century before there was a printing-press in English America—many books in twelve different Indian languages had been printed in the city of Mexico, whereas in our history John Eliot’s Indian Bible stands alone; and three Spanish universities in America were nearly rounding out their century when Harvard was founded. A surprisingly large proportion of the pioneers of America were college men; and intelligence went hand in hand with heroism in the early settlement of the New World. It yet remains for someone to make as popular the truths of North American history as the fables have been.”
      Charles F. Lummis (1859-1928), explorer, archeologist, historian, novelist, journalist, editor, anthropologist, and founder of societies and museums

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  4. raerae -  October 15, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    was he getting made fun of

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  5. raerae -  October 15, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    why did he change his name

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  6. asset tracking -  October 15, 2010 - 1:14 am

    This Columbus also who first create a theory that the world is flat.

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  7. sweetheart -  October 13, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    Honestly i expected something better.

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  8. D. Loudermilk -  October 13, 2010 - 7:52 am

    Holiday is rarely reconized anymore,my little brother had school monday whereas 2..3..4 years ago he didn’t.

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  9. kalahati itim pinoy kalahati -  October 13, 2010 - 7:40 am

    I honestly do not believe that he was the only one to believe that the world round and if one was to think simply then the only thing that he proved was that the world was better then what one expected. The one that “proved” that the world was round would be the one who made to india, which was not columbus but magellan. If you try to say columbus day is about celebrating achievements, then we are just celebrating exaggeration of mediocrity. One can also theorize that even if columbus didn’t lead the way the achievements that was reached after he arrived would still be met. The only achievements that I see that would have been created is the creation of USA, the near extinction of three entire continents of civilization, the displacement and slavery of thousands of african. And Columbus day is a day of celebrating achievements.

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  10. ms.karma -  October 12, 2010 - 9:44 pm

    @kalahati itim pinoy kalahati: are you pinoy? :P

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  11. Kaitlyn -  October 12, 2010 - 9:27 pm

    Btw another piece of interesting info, at the time of Columbus most educated people knew the Earth was not flat and in fact, a sphere. So there is another one of his claim to fames debunct.

    *see earlier post for more myths debunct on C.C

    Source:Also the A&E documentry on Critopher Columbus.

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  12. Mato(blackbear) -  October 12, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    Not only did Norse explorer Bjarni Herjólfsson (986 A.D.) Erikson and the Vikings (approx. 1000 A.D.) and others gain sight or knowledge of this place. The Yeasah(people of the land(my people of course)) had already crossed the Bering Strait and migrated as far as modern day Brazil and parts of Chile before their arrival. So Mr.Cristoffa Corombo CLEARLY was not the first to discover America.

    ~Da-Mosi “Mato” Brown (14 y.o.)

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  13. louis paiz -  October 12, 2010 - 9:59 am

    i have read some of the mixed reasons people had for dislike columbus day , but they forgat the most important ones such as proving that the earth is not flat new markets and in general we should recognise that it was a nesecity for someone to do wha he did. is a shame that some of us did not know the main achievents of the whole world just by discovering america. unfortunally they are also people that they do not know that men went to the moon already and what we have thanks to that. thank you for giving us a chance to express our selves.

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  14. kalahati itim pinoy kalahati -  October 12, 2010 - 8:27 am

    I think it is funny that we celebrate and have a holiday for the man that lead the way for the rape and genocide of three continents and hundreds of civilizations. As to meg’s comment many people are sheep; monkey see, monkey do. Thousands of people celebrates holiday for which they have no clue about. St. Patrick’s day, cinco de mayo, columbus day. Columbus day is a celebration of the man that opened up opportunities for nations in Europe. None the less the land was raped and plundered with columbus also took part in. Like Ms karama said as pinoys they don’t celebrate magellan, but the mental destruction that magellan arrival caused has done it damage. The filipinos with the strong Spaniards bloodline are enamored over, while the native (darker) ones are frowned upon. Either way it is still the winners of history having their way with the world and peoples ideology of thing.

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  15. Nathan -  October 12, 2010 - 6:36 am

    Joe, I think the reason why you think he’s portugease (so didn’t spell that right) is because he might of went to portugul to the Americans. Of course I’m basing that on memory, because I can’t really retain how unimportant holidays got started. I still don’t know what memorial and labor day mean or what part of the year it is at.

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  16. Booger -  October 11, 2010 - 7:07 pm

    I love how some people inappropriately the word “whom” in their comments. Awesome.

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  17. ms.karma -  October 11, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    you have columbus day in america, here in the philippines we don’t have such for ferdinand magellan. haha.

    :P

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  18. Emily -  October 11, 2010 - 6:50 pm

    @ Glen
    Funny you mention that! In South Dakota, we refer to today as Native American Day, not Columbus Day.

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  19. Bruno -  October 11, 2010 - 6:34 pm

    to all of you who are wondering why we celebrate this “butchers” day…the same reason why we celebrate president’s day.
    Antone remember Vietnam?
    you poor poor fools…

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  20. AvidReader -  October 11, 2010 - 6:31 pm

    @Tricia
    I liked your comment. Just wanted to throw that in there :)

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  21. AvidReader -  October 11, 2010 - 6:29 pm

    Would just like to state that not a single person in my school said anything about Colombus Day. Maybe it’s that beard of his…

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  22. ANDRES -  October 11, 2010 - 6:24 pm

    I HATE COLOMBUS

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  23. mohamad tarife -  October 11, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    hey Vik i would like ask you, From where did you get your info about Culumbos? thanks!

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  24. louis -  October 11, 2010 - 5:42 pm

    everyone is making a big deal about this….. its only his birthday… right?

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  25. Joe -  October 11, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    @ Amy-lou

    what does changing your name have to do with anything?

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  26. Tom -  October 11, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    I think that Columbus’ actions were crucial steps toward the free democracy that I enjoy in the United States of America today, so I will recognize him as someone I respect and for whom I am grateful.

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  27. Joe -  October 11, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    @jimmyjack frankentoast
    “new world” is what they reffered to America back when it was discovered.

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  28. meg -  October 11, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    I think people fail to realize that Columbus Day is hardly a celebration of Christopher Columbus anymore. Nowadays its very similar to St. Patrick’s Day – as opposed to a celebration of St. Patrick, it’s a celebration of Irish Americans, and Columbus Day is a celebration of Italian Americans and their contributions. Whether you appreciate his achievements or hate him, it’s rather irrelevant because it’s simply not about him. And despite your views on him, no one can deny that his voyage directly caused the Eastern Hemisphere to have widespread knowledge of these two continents that had been isolated from the New World for so long – sure, Zheng He, Leif Ericson, or some other adaptation could’ve already sailed there, but it was after Columbus’ voyage that the Americas truly came to light.

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  29. Joe -  October 11, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    thats wierd. i thought chris was portugese. anyway, i hate this guy. hes a murderer, a sicko, and simply a greedy man. When one man spotted land, he claimed he did, and got the reward from queen isabella, when his crewman should have. he murdered thousands of natives for not finding gold or any other reason. He also raped the native women and killed them afterward. He was supposed to be nice to the natives and convert them to Christianity. Instead he disobeyed queen isabella and killed them off. i wish i can give the website i found this on, but alas i forgot it. anyway these reasons are why colombus should not have a holiday, or even be celebrated. if you beg to differ, please do so.

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  30. Roberta -  October 11, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    Apparently some relative of Leif Erikson was in North America before Leif was. He brought only his family and enough goods to get a start. The North American Natives he encountered at that time had sense enough to run him off. And didn’t Christopher Columbus land in South America?

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  31. IrockHarder -  October 11, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    Christopher Columbus really didn’t discover the Indies if the natives were already there so he never actually discovered anything

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  32. Josh miller -  October 11, 2010 - 5:24 pm

    It’s Christophus I kmow it i read it in a book.

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  33. PotatoWoman -  October 11, 2010 - 5:24 pm

    Guys, we celebrate Columbus Day as a way to get laid.

    Like every other day.

    Sure, he pillaged, raped, and killed off most the Native Americans, but you know what we get out of it? A day off school. Possibly a day off work, depending if you have a federal or state job. Pretty much making sparkles out of shit. So let’s take what we have and look forward to tomorrow.

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  34. Willow -  October 11, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    Does anyone else see the irony in the sense that I can trace back and have photographs of my Indian/Native American ancestors and I was born on Columbus Day? As in the REAL Columbus day, October 12th.

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  35. mollyfurie -  October 11, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    Look up Father Bartolomé de las Casas, a priest who traveled with him and wrote up all of the horrors he witnessed that were done to the Indians. This is not a day or a man to celebrate. He was a murdering monster.

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  36. chicho franco -  October 11, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    to me there was no name change. just variations. as for jake’s comment (“Jake on October 11, 2010 at 11:05 am – He kills Indians by cutting off their hands when they don’t find enough gold for him, yet he gets a holiday named after him. Go figure.”), regretfully, even Machiavelli would agree with him because although he said: “i fini si justificano i mezzi”, anyone who has read “The Prince” would know it has been taken out of context.

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  37. Nathan -  October 11, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    I agree leah. Except where I live, it’s called Native American Day. Hey dictionary.com, maybe you should do an article on that. I wouldn’t read though.

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  38. mountainsmoker -  October 11, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    We just found some lost idiots, such as Christoffa Corombo. Welcome to Native America where we have been fighting Terrorist Since 1492

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  39. Ruko -  October 11, 2010 - 5:17 pm

    Sigh…All these people on dictionary.com with terrible grammar, who expect us to believe that they’re right about how Columbus was such a terrible criminal…I believe that Columbus doesn’t deserve all the recognition he gets, considering all the other explorers of North America…But really, guys. Stop ruining the holiday. You people only come here to flame everyone you disagree with; you should all be banned from commenting if you’re just going to scream at people with such horrible grammar nobody can understand you.

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  40. 555 -  October 11, 2010 - 5:04 pm

    what’s his real name then?

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  41. BIG 50 -  October 11, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    most likely pp dnt celebrate colombus day because colombus was ah bad dudee because he had slaves and st5uff that bad ppl did lol soo yaa dhat dont count ah holiday

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  42. leah -  October 11, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    whatev, leave me out. columbus day is stupid no matter what your point of veiw is.

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  43. Giselle -  October 11, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    Todays Columbus Day?
    Wow they do not announce this at school at all! :\

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  44. Savannah Brooks -  October 11, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    Did you now that Columbus enslaved many native americans?
    and he also carelessly whipped them too.
    he also stole gold from the indians.
    Columbus has been to the court of royal law to.
    he has many story’s about the bad side of him.

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  45. Perkins -  October 11, 2010 - 4:12 pm

    Colombus was not the first European to discover the “New World”. The Vikings arrived in the “New World” 500 years before Colombus did. So, if anyone deserves credit it should be the Vikings.

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  46. JO -  October 11, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    CC was a butt. Sorry to break it to you, but he was really not a nice guy. All he did was use, abuse, and trash the Native Americans to find his treasure – what a meanie! (Oh ans he found the “NEW WORLD” SECOND!)It would be a sick world if people recognized him today

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  47. Nathan -  October 11, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    At least it is the same name in English.

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  48. Allen -  October 11, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    This is fascinating stuff. So a Muslim explorer discovered the Americas and, of course, Leif Erricson (spell?) after that. The real discoverers are the “indians” but history is never written by those with “wampum” but by those with money and force of arms. There was supposed to be A Chinese or Polynesian claim of discovery in there somewhere, but I guess they were busy today. We Dutch-Americans count Columbus important because after him came the huge European migration which went on for centuries. It was a tragedy for the earler discoverers, there’s no denying that. And, by the way, a subtle tragedy for us Westerners because so much native wisdom was lost in the process. Ideas that have only been re-discovered in the late 20th century, i.e. environmentalism, but much, much more than that. Time will tell what the Chinese will write about the history of the 21st century. Would really love to be here to read it !-

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  49. Allan -  October 11, 2010 - 3:46 pm

    So now we have to change the name of the capitol of Ohio? Maybe we should find another reason to pay already overpaid government workers to sit and do nothing. And then the nitpickers would have to find something else to complain about. Never thought I would say this but, GET A LIFE

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  50. Michelle -  October 11, 2010 - 3:26 pm

    @Elisabeth. Well you may not like it when people completely dismiss “Colombus” and all the “hard work and efforts he and his crew put in to exploring this new land and how he was not given credit for enduring the long and vicious voyage he took.”

    But, it kinda’ bugs me how he was not giving all the ‘CREDIT’ for raping, pillaging, killing and terrorizing the people who were already here. It just rubs me the wrong way how he wasn’t given his full credit for that! Thanks Colombus!

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  51. Beachbum -  October 11, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    He stumbled into this country accidentally. He wasn’t looking to discover America. He was looking for southeast Asia. Sounds like the plot to a Don Knotts movie.

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  52. Chips -  October 11, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    we should have the opportunity to respond to others post. I like Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry analysis.

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  53. Chips -  October 11, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    Columbus day is a BIG LIE. That’s why it’s not recognized like once before. Thanks for the introductory history lesson Potato.

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  54. Gisèle -  October 11, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    I think it’s interesting and a little bit funny, how one person can have so many names.
    Go Christoffa! :}

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  55. Chica~Chica -  October 11, 2010 - 2:47 pm

    Actually The vikings were the first ones, columbus just was the first one to record it and kill hundreds of native americans while doing it…Learned that last week in 8th grade U.S. History…

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  56. kyle -  October 11, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    I’m pretty sure Lief Erikson was a viking not greek.

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  57. kyle -  October 11, 2010 - 2:43 pm

    i understand if he hadn’t found America we wouldn’t be here but, what an a**hole. He took all the natives had and took over their villages. I don’t think we should even have this day as a holiday.

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  58. Carina -  October 11, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    HI WELL I AM IN 9TH GRADE AND WE ACTUALLY JUST LEARNED ABOUT THIS AND I FOUND IT TO BE QUITE COOL SSO BYE

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  59. Logan -  October 11, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    I never knew his real name and I am learning about him in history class in school!!

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  60. Audra -  October 11, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    Jenna, please show me where it is stated that Vespucci sailed with Columbus. Though they both sailed to the Americas in the same timeframe (late 15th -early 16th c) they did not sail together; certainly not on Columus/Corombo’s first voyage.

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  61. grizzy -  October 11, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    sorry im bored i left school early today
    & not becuz Today is “Columbus Day”
    becuz of conference week
    (coincidence?)
    o_O (^_^) XD

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  62. Alan Turner -  October 11, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    Columbus is credited with finding the West Indies which is named appropriately as opposed to the East Indies.
    John Cabot is credited with finding mainland America which was named after Amerigo Vespucci.
    However, the Vikings sailed across the far north Atlantic and landed somewhere like Newfoundland or somewhere a little south of there in what they called Vinland. This was something like five hundred years before Columbus.

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  63. Daniel -  October 11, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Potato, your confusing to days: Discovery of the New World and the Pilgrims Thanksgiving. In addition, I’d like to add that the Vikings had trade routes to the Americas well established before Columbus even considered sailing over. If you research the entire story, I think we would all, or at least most of us, agree that Columbus doesn’t deserve to be honored.

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  64. michael -  October 11, 2010 - 1:45 pm

    i don’t think that Christopher Columbus should be recognized for nothing he claimed land that was already claimed and killed a lot of its inhabitants

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  65. basyegrl80 -  October 11, 2010 - 1:32 pm

    what an honest holiday! so a man who has different aliases & claimed to have discovered another way to a country he didnt discover..got credit for proving world was round ( the forebears of that theorum were excommunicated)..WTF?!

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  66. mad -  October 11, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    To all you who think bad about Christopher Columbus leave and go someplace else. I am proud of this country and glad the Columbus “Discovered this area” yes it has a bad side and we have committed some attocities which continue to this day, check the local news. But which country has not done the same but with their own people.

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  67. Kaitlyn -  October 11, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    Cristopher Columbus does not deserve half the fame given to him. There was absolutly nothing execptional or ground breaking about his discovery or his voyage. He was not an expational navigator, nor even a decent mapper. He believed and mapped the world 1/3 smaller than it really is. So it was merely by luck he stumbled onto America rather then die from lack of food like he should of. He also was not the first european to discover America. “Vikings” or Norse men did already have colonies on America before Columbus. Also when he landed on American Soil, he claimed he saw land first. Now the reason this is important is because the queen of spain had a hefty prize ready for the first man to spot land, and a crew man named rodrigo(i think) had already claimed it. So columbus was also a theif. Futher more He wiped out an ENTIRE native tribe called the Arwaks using them as slaves to search for a non exsistant gold mine. In fact, Columbus only recieved his expedition team because the Queen of spain falt sorry for him because he was rejected by Italy(i think) and Portugal. This man was unskilled and evil, and really he only got anywhere due to sheer dumb luck, dumb luck that wasn’t even ground breaking.

    …So why does this man deserve a national holiday?

    - Info from A People’s history of the united states by howard zinn, my old US history text book published by MCgraw Hill, and an A&E documentary about Christopher Columbus.

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  68. abc123 -  October 11, 2010 - 1:02 pm

    Cool story, love the beard. :P

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  69. DIGIKO -  October 11, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    BUT I THOUGHT HE WAS FROM ITALY ? !

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  70. DIGIKO -  October 11, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    wow . what was wrong with christopher columbus those days . poor native americans . i feel so bad right now :[

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  71. me -  October 11, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    he was greek

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  72. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  October 11, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    A NEW THEORY:

    Columbus aka-autc. believed the Indies were the multitude of islands west of Atlantis which he believed was west of the Straits of Gibraltar (per Greek Plato’s redactions of Solon’s story) but when he therefor failed to find Atlantis he assumed he’d sailed so far as to reach the Indies….

    (It’s only a cute theory: He couldn’t let-on what he was really seeking.)

    Ray.

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  73. jann -  October 11, 2010 - 12:21 pm

    In response to Potato who said Columbus was “with the first settlers who brought the English language and traditions with them.” Columbus spoke Italian and possibly Spanish, but not English. It wasn’t until later that English was brought to the New World with the Pilgrims and others. Spanish settlers dominated the settlements in the New World for many years, and is still the predominant language in Central and South America as well as many West Indies islands.

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  74. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  October 11, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    And, When he landed, he shouted, “I, Corombo…!” and hence made famous the similar phrase…. Or maybe his Lt. said it, “Aye-aye, Corombo…!”

    But–

    Also Leif Erikson (whose Day was last Friday) visited north America before ‘Christopher’ Columbus whose name sounds more Greek than Latin-Italian… And St. Brendon 4-centuries before him…

    Ray.

    REF: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/08/presidential-proclamation-leif-erikson-day

    (But, Ericsson, seems to be a slightly-preferred spelling over, Erikson.)

    /rkp

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  75. Stillspeare -  October 11, 2010 - 12:15 pm

    Columbus Day is sadly unrecognized, while I am blandly sitting here with nothing but an ambition to land on Europe’s shore and call tomorrow Stillspeare Day.

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  76. Jenna -  October 11, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    America is named after Amerigo Vespucci one of Columbus’ shipmates.

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  77. becky -  October 11, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    I believe we should have some respect for Christopher Columbus & have all fellow Americans celebrate this day.

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  78. jimmyjack frankentoast -  October 11, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    for everyone correcting glen… using the phrase ‘the new world’ is implicative of discovery. for how could this world be ‘new’ if someone had not ‘discovered’ it?

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  79. jimmyjack frankentoast -  October 11, 2010 - 11:55 am

    wasn’t there a controversy about not knowing what columbus looks like? so, since there’s a picture here when was that solved? it also wasn’t necessarily 1492 depending on which calendar you use, another anglicized misrepresentation. i really like how shirking the atrocities committed is so easily accomplished by stating ‘the rest is history’. why do we really celebrate columbus day? could it be the celebration of the expansion of european colonialism and exploitation in the ‘new world’? i agree with glen.

    also, try to make thanksgiving more honest if you do a piece on it. the pilgrims would’ve suffered miserably if it weren’t for abORIGINAL assistance. it is from them whom the pilgrims received most of their food for thanksgiving. not to mention that instead of thanking the indigenous for saving them from starvation, the pilgrims thanked god. just as king james did for the plagues that ravaged the indigenous population.

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  80. Krystina -  October 11, 2010 - 11:36 am

    I wonder if Columbus is related to me because I am Italian! hehehe

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  81. Ruth -  October 11, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Please forgive the poor composition. Proofreading is always a good idea!

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  82. Ruth -  October 11, 2010 - 11:32 am

    My husband and I stumbled across volumes full of copies of his original letters that he had written at a local book store. In one of his letters, written in 1494, he went by Cristóbal Colón. Over and over again, Christopher (or Cristóbal) mentions how he and his men trust in God’s mercy to guide them and keeping them well. Interesting, this is not what we were taught in school.

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  83. Jim -  October 11, 2010 - 11:32 am

    @ Glen
    The article doesn’t claim he discovered anything. Only that he was “arguably” the first European to land on the continent, “The New World”. Probably not… but that’s what the article says.

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  84. turtle -  October 11, 2010 - 11:28 am

    props for glen’s comment

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  85. Tricia -  October 11, 2010 - 11:23 am

    OH NO! Today is Columbus Day? And I haven’t sent out my Columbus Day cards, or made a Columbus Day cake! This is almost as bad as the day I was in the grocery store during Hawaiian Days and I forgot to wear my hula skirt and lei. Thank my lucky stars I didn’t miss out on Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19).

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  86. Tommy D -  October 11, 2010 - 11:21 am

    Cristoforo Columbus:

    His real first name ?: “Stunad” Nick name ?: Bendejo.

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  87. Athanasius -  October 11, 2010 - 11:11 am

    glen,

    Your point is correct, but it does not say in the blog post that Coloumbus discovered America; only that he landed there.

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  88. lpdsa -  October 11, 2010 - 11:11 am

    I have to right an essay for school about Christopher Columbur saying if he was a hero or not. I don’t think he is. We also have to state if we think Columbus day should be I holiday. For that I answered that it should not be.

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  89. Nathan -  October 11, 2010 - 11:05 am

    What? No. My whole life has been a lie.

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  90. Jake -  October 11, 2010 - 11:05 am

    He kills Indians by cutting off their hands when they don’t find enough gold for him, yet he gets a holiday named after him. Go figure.

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  91. sg -  October 11, 2010 - 11:04 am

    Columbus didn’t necessarily discover the West Indies for those that already lived there however he did discover that region in the light of the Europeans because at that time the Europeans were not aware of the regions existence, thus, making it “undiscovered”.

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  92. Athan -  October 11, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Christopher, Cristoforo, and other versions of the name comes from the Greek Χριστόφορος, meaning the “bearer of Christ”.
    But because the word came to the English, Italian, and other Romance languages, through Latin, it is often erroneously thought of as being Latin.

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  93. vik -  October 11, 2010 - 10:48 am

    Christopher Columbus was not the first man to reach the continent of America. Why we forget or try to hide that SPAIN was colonized by the MUSLIM for about
    700 hundred years therfore many muslim leaders like Ibn Batota at that time had already traveled extensively across the Atlantic ocean and to India as well.
    The traveling men commissioned by the queen of SPAIN when they arrived to the Island of DOMINICAIN REPUBLIC found
    already people in the Island speaking ARABIC and they were used
    to translations at that time. Just look at the years of 700ad until 1492ad and you will get the truth of Spain and the vague of this discovery that we are celebriting here “if you want of course.”

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  94. COLUMBUS | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  October 11, 2010 - 10:45 am

    [...] Columbus Day and the problem with ‘TRADITION’. — Maybe for a generation or two until it’s obvious “DAT AIN’T RIGHT” – because of new discoveries of some corrective oversight. — In this here case especially since Columbus was proclaimed number one. — We took it on faith it was true. — Now we’re told he called himself Cristóbal Colón — That’s definitely number two. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

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  95. bigee -  October 11, 2010 - 10:45 am

    so then what bis his name? i don’t think the article ever said..

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  96. sula -  October 11, 2010 - 10:44 am

    Glen, he “discovered” a place the people of his time did not know about. Yeah there were already people here, whose ancestors crossed the land bridge from Asia but yeah he just re-found something people of the time did not know about.

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  97. creepnig critter -  October 11, 2010 - 10:38 am

    If you have a government type job today you’d be off. Its mainly the private sector that is working. I do wish they had this day off for everyone though.

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  98. #1 Skillet Fan -  October 11, 2010 - 10:37 am

    haha I’m homeschooled so I have to go to school today. Public Scooled people get off cheap!!

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  99. scott rhodes -  October 11, 2010 - 10:36 am

    “…which marks what is arguably the first landing of a European in the New World.” Sorry, even that isn’t true. Vikings were here before. As a matter of fact there’s evidence to suggest that Columbus was using a MAP and that’s why he KNEW there was a landmass within 5,000 miles. It’s in the accounts of the voyage. Look it up.

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  100. Erin -  October 11, 2010 - 10:36 am

    With all do respect Chris. Who wants to regonize Columbus day knowing the facts. You complain about working on a “national holiday” that honors a man that commited hanus crimes against the people of the carribian and millions of natives throughout the Americas. A man that set the stage for the slave trade in the new world. I’d reconcider that this a man you’d want to honor.

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  101. Ashley -  October 11, 2010 - 10:34 am

    I can’t believe we still celebrate this holiday as if to think that “he” Christopher himself really discovered America. Lets just say we are celebrating the takeover from the European group whom were rejected out of Spain. You can call him an explorer if you want to! Would you call me an entrepreneur if I still your business?

    -Just saying…. Christopher Columbus is a thief, a very good one!

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  102. Elisabeth -  October 11, 2010 - 10:22 am

    The definition of “discover” is: “gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown).” America was previously unknown to the Europeans, so I think that since about 3/4 of the world had no idea about the Americas, Colombus’ discovery is legitimate. I don’t like it when people completely dismiss Colombus and all the hard work and efforts he and his crew put in to exploring this new land. He really does deserve credit for enduring the long and vicious voyage to the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, etc. and educating the rest of the world about, well, the world.

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  103. Blizzard -  October 11, 2010 - 10:21 am

    I didn’t even know today was Columbus Day until I read this blog O_o It just goes to show that the schools are not announcing Columbus Day at schools as much as they used to anymore. ):

    ~Blizzard

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  104. Amy-lou -  October 11, 2010 - 10:21 am

    I wish I could change my name and not have to pay like hundreds of dollars.

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  105. Aly -  October 11, 2010 - 10:11 am

    i dont get why people celebrate this.. he wasnt even the first one to discover America & he killed people on his way to America.. hmmm.

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  106. Potato -  October 11, 2010 - 10:09 am

    well the whole point glen is that he was the first European to land here. He discovered “America” because he was with the first settlers who brought the English language and traditions with them.
    However, despite what they teach to little kindergartners, Columbus and his people did not have a large feast and spend time positively with the Native Americans. Basically, they pillaged, raped, and killed off most of the people they met, and took what the could, and made small colonies for themselves before being overridden with disease and illness.
    Happy Columbus Day.

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  107. Makayla -  October 11, 2010 - 10:02 am

    IDK!!!

    Im really smart, in 3 advanced classes but we never learned about his real name.

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  108. glen -  October 11, 2010 - 9:55 am

    How can someone “discover” a place that is “already” occupied by people? Just wondering:)Just kinda makes me go, hmmmmmmmmmmm.

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  109. Serge -  October 11, 2010 - 9:43 am

    @Saf

    Ah…the world when the only two shaving options were the ancestors of the straight razor or nothing. Columbus clearly chose nothing.

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  110. Chris -  October 11, 2010 - 9:42 am

    I think that companies and offices do not recognized this day at all. In my case, I had to work today. While in other holidays such as president’s day, they do recognize them. Really sad.

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  111. Saf -  October 11, 2010 - 9:21 am

    I wish men still grew beards like that.

    ~Saf

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