Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic
The year 1492 is known as the year in which history books state that Christopher Columbus ‘DISCOVERED’ America. For many centuries, history was accepted and written to coincide with the Columbus stories that were taught in the USA. By replacing fiction with facts, most of the old myths are no longer seen as acceptable.
Christopher Columbus is now recognised as an avaricious man who went west in search of wealth, fame and title. He did not discover but instead he collided with a highly developed culture then prevalent on the Caribbean islands that was in many ways on par with that of Europe. His arrival in ‘The Americas’ was the very beginning of destruction, death, enslavement and misery for millions of innocent people.
At this moment in time there are places in the Americas where statues of Columbus are being destroyed and where the very name is seen as an unwelcome embarrassment to the truth. There is a likelihood that the very capital city of the USA – Washington, will no longer be synonymous with the mini state that is currently known as District of Columbia.