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Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Columbus Day

Light blogging, though we may get to announce the results of the state employee contract later today. I will share Joe McQuaid's column in the Union Leader on his memories of Columbus Day.
Some revisionist historians seriously hold that the Europeans were all bad guys who ruined the Americas, imported smallpox, stole gold and forced the savages to stop being savages and to share their smokes. The revise guys also like to speak of the "native Americans," in reference to the folks Columbus ran into.

But those peoples' ancestors had also come from elsewhere, and their claims to being here first are a bit like Columbus' partisans saying he was the first white discoverer, which leaves no room for Leif Erikson or St. Brendan or Lord knows who else.

1 comment:

  1. Today is "Native American Day" in South Dakota.

    Discovered: New painting of Columbus.

    See: http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/columbus-day/