Opinion: Why do we celebrate Columbus Day?
"Why do we celebrate Columbus Day? On October 12, 1492, an explorer accidentally landed in The Bahamas, introduced smallpox and almost completely extinguished several civilizations.

The introduction of smallpox to the Americas is presumably what wiped out 90-95 percent of the native population. Christopher Columbus' slavery in the Caribbean dropped populations from millions down to hundreds of thousands.

Ironically, The Bahamas, Costa Rica, much of Latin America, Colombia, Venezuela and of course the United States, celebrate the day Columbus brought this blight to their New World.

However, there is some retaliation against this bizarre holiday.

In Berkeley, Calif. you will find Indigenous People's Day, complete with a pow-wow and a Native American Market.

Hawaii celebrates Discoverer's Day, where they include John Cook, who put Hawaii's coordinates on the map.

Or if you're in Denver, you'll come across the oldest Columbus Day parade, which Native American groups have been protesting for decades."

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