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PostRemembering Columbus in Italy (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/12/21 7:45 am)
Of course, Italy continues to remember its native son Cristoforo Colombo, as he was the greatest mariner ever.
Unfortunately during his times, Genoa (and Venice) was busy defending the Mediterranean (at least its northern shores) from the Ottoman and Saracen hordes and could not invest too much energy in the Atlantic.
The slogan: "Columbus didn't discover anything--1000 native nations were already here" is true, but senseless for the progress of humanity.
Anyway, it is useless for an Italian to discuss the present policies of another country about changing its official holidays. Many countries do change them according to their shifting priorities.
In the present case, the evolution seems to be going downward, as it is a slave of the "Big Money," which anesthetizes the people with the imperatives of woke, cancel culture, gender feelings, individual extreme rights versus duties, and so on.
JE comments: I hope not to appear too woke, but the "Columbus equals human progress" appraisal is not kind to the conquered peoples and their cultures. Columbus took advantage of the triumph of technology, in particular navigational technology. I guess you could call that progress. When Columbus comes up in my classes, I always make this tautological point: if Columbus hadn't "discovered" America, a different mariner would have done the same thing within a decade or two.
Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day, everyone!