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In past decades, Christopher Columbus has gone from unquestioned US hero to problematic figure. For centuries, the destruction and disease he ushered into the Americas have been set aside, allowing the myth of a pioneering sailor who discovered America and proved the world was round to embed itself in US culture. But as this myth has been increasingly confronted with brutal historical facts, things have started to change.

While Columbus still has a national holiday in his honor, complete with parades and celebrations, there are many people fighting to dismantle the myth that surrounds him and choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.

Watch this video to understand how Columbus became a US icon over time and why his status is in question today.


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Ángel Gómez
Ángel Gómez
05 June 2019

Columbus was born in Italy but the 3 ships he used, the men, the money to support the journey were from Spain

Pablo Azanza Gonzalez
Pablo Azanza Gonzalez
02 June 2019

And spain ?

Joshua Piorier
Joshua Piorier
31 May 2019

Is Vox going to cover each and every war and battle of all time that took place in the world? Or just ones that fit a narrative that they want to push?

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
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Chuck Norris made the Kessel run in less than three parsecs.

Jurga. J.
Jurga. J.
30 May 2019

1:58 So ur saying teachers or people should tell kids that columbas was killing them and stealing not to mention the kids are like 6-7years old

JohnsAnimations
JohnsAnimations
23 May 2019

let's just call it Discovery day

Victor Orduna
Victor Orduna
20 May 2019

I agree we have been taught incorrect info from school and etc...but honestly we can change it however in my point of view it’s a lil 100+yrs to late for that...unless a big group gets together to do so

playasurf1000
Playasurf1000
11 May 2019

Vox, you are hacks www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y-Ag-ocB-Q

Byron Pulsifer
Byron Pulsifer
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Adversity isn't set against you to fail; adversity is a way to build your character so that you can succeed over and over again through perseverance.

Roman Emperor
Roman Emperor
08 May 2019

Columbus did not do anything bad to the natives, its the people who came after him, the people who came to conquer land for Spain, Portugal, England and France. This video shows the victimised american view of him, just beacuse he was the first european to set foot in central america doesnt mean he was the killer, he was a guy who just wanted to find a different route for trade, he had no clue that he will discover unknown teritories or that after him other will come and conquer those teritories and kill the native population. When Columbus first set foot in America he didnt even know it was a new continent he thought he was in India, only later did Amerigo Vespucci said that he found a new continent

V :3
V :3
07 May 2019

I'm from a South American country which has NO native people... They were all killed long ago, and the last four were sent to Europe as zoo animals. I feel terribly sorry, it's a shame

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