When I was in grade school, we were taught that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas.
I’m pretty sure that this was a hemisphere wide phenomenon, especially after spending a Columbus Day weekend in Acapulco years ago and partying hearty with a number of guys down from Mexico City celebrating the holiday as well.
Columbus didn’t discover the Americas.
Beside all the Indians who knew it was here, many Europeans did as well.
Columbus was working off existing Portuguese maps and charts.
Columbus eventually commercialized the land mass that got in the way of his original goal; finding a water route to the Indies and the spice trade that made men rich.
We get too bogged down in inordinate sub-plots and lose sight of what was the root of Chris’ motivation.
Essentially, the overland spice routes went through Muslim dominated territories.
Look at a map.
Columbus for better or worse was looking to wrest control of the spice routes from the Muslim cartel that subjected the merchants to piracy, theft, murder and extortion.
I guess that’s just another reason for commies and anarchists to take down his statues.