Monday, October 08, 2007

Today is Columbus Day

Though it precedes the American Revolution by close to 300 years, the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus is a critically significant event in the history of the United States.

Had Columbus not convinced his crew to continue their transatlantic voyage, the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria would have turned back. Who knows when Columbus or any other European explorer would've made a similar attempt? The entire course of history would've been different.

Whether you consider Christopher Columbus a hero or a ruthless opportunist, no one can deny the significance of "Columbus Day."

For more information on Columbus and his discovery, visit The History Channel's special minisite.

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