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Today in History: The First Columbus Day

Posted by Gilbert Stack on October 12, 2018 at 5:05 AM

On this day (October 12) in 1792, Columbus Day is celebrated for the first time. The location was New York City. People like to point out that Columbus didn’t actually “discover” the New World which is obviously true. Millions of people lived in North America and the Vikings had visited a couple of centuries earlier. However, there is another meaning of the word “discover”. Columbus discovered the New World in the same sense that you might discover a great new restaurant. Obviously lots of people already knew that restaurant existed, but you tell all your friends about your “discovery” and make it possible for more people to patronize the restaurant. Columbus’ “discovery” opened North America to Europe and in doing so changed the course of the world.

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