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Aeporte, A World For Kids Weclnesclay, Sept. 26, 2001 5C C is celebrat- the discoverer of American continent, L many feel that this not be a good reason him. two reasons some Americans do Columbus Day is holiday: one, be- Columbus never saw the conti- America. He what we call i Bahamas, and saw, a distance, the of what is now But, he never the mainland. second reason he should :be celebrated for g" America is of course, the already occu- when Columbus it. the time in his- when European pc- began exploring the native people were t very well treated. felt that, most native cul- did not look like theirs, they were less de- veloped and icivilized.i This meant that, when these Europeans landed on the inew landi of a for- eign shore, they claimed it as the property of the country they came from, and often believed that it was destined to be theirs. Columbus felt that it was his job to convert the natives to Christianity. This was a goal that Eu- ropeans often felt was the reason God let them dis- cover new lands. When Columbus ffmally found land, he thought he was in India. That is why the region of islands in the south of our coun- try was named the "West Indies." That is also why the people who lived there already were called "Indians." Eventually, all native people in America were named Indians, too. Claiming India as the property of Spain was a big deal, because trade with India, and the rich- p es of India, were highly his large ship, nor seen ple, tall, and healthy 1494. desirable. Columbus such pale people wearing looking. This is why many pc- wasted no time in claim- such amazing colors onColumbus also said ple feel that Columbus ing all he saw for Spain. their clothing. Theythatthe natives were not Day may not be such a He named the new is- thought that, surely, familiar with weapons of good day to celebrate. land San Salvador. The these must be gods. any kind except spears, Instead, I think we native The people that and cut themselves whenshould celebrate the fact people Columbus called Indi- they handled a sword that Columbus was brave called ans were actually Columbus showed them. enough to prove that the the is- named the Tainos, al- Because the natives Earth was round, and land though some sources call did not know about the that you could sail a ship Gua- them the Arawak. weapons of war, Colum- all the way around it to nanhani, The Tainos people bus felt that it would be end up in the same place. their word lived on grassy easy to control them. That is bravery worth for iguanas, plains and Although, on the first celebrating, when some Soon after, rain of the four trips he made still believed he would Columbus forests, to the West Indies, fall off the edge of the began to They Columbus tried to be Earth if he tried it. search the is- were found on the pleasant to the Tainos, For more information land for the northeastern coast of on later trips, he and his on the natives of Colum- riches that South America as farmen did not treat them bus's voyages, see the would make back as 3,000 years ago. very well. The natives Web page of Jamie Hug- Spain When Columbus were often taken as gard: stronger and went ashore, he was not slaves, or their food and or read the When Columbus and wore no clothes, except killed or beaten. In all, book, by Francine Ja- his men went ashore, the for body and face paint, from new diseases the cobs, The Tainos: The native people of the is- (In the heat of the is- Europeans brought with People Who Welcomed land first hid then came lands, clothes were not them, or from resistingColumbus. New York: to see the strangers, necessary.) against their conquerors, Putnam's Sons, 1992. They had never seen He did say that the na- 50,000 Tainos are thought such a strange thing as tives were handsome pc- to have died by the year or lrll C TI1 0 a poem that tells story of Oolumbus's to the West In- 'S sak his way. A compass also helped him know How to f'md But "India" the land was not, It was the Bahamas, The flu'st line isthe way to go. and it was hot. popular, and old, is often used to helpNinety sailors were onThe Arawak natives [ ember the date of board, were very nice, Folumbus's In'st voy-Some men worked They gave the sailors ge. The rest of the po- while others snored, food and spice. is the original work Then the workers went Columbus sailed on to its author. to sleep, find some gold And others watched theTo, bring back home, as 1492 by Jean Marzol- ocean deep. he d been told. Day after day they He made the trip again fourteen hundred looked for land, and again, '-two They dreamed of trees Trading for gold to sailed the and rocks and sand. bring to Spain. blue. October 12 their dreamThe fin'st American? No, had three ships andcame true. not quite. from Spain: You never saw a happi-But Columbus was sailed through sun-er crew! brave and he was wind and rain. bright. Indians! Indians! We cheer for him and sailed by night; HeColumbus cried, say hooray, Jled by day; His heart was filled Especially on Columbus te used the stars to f'md with joyful pride. Day! Many places in the about the discoveriesabout them to map- United States are of the new lands to makers very often. named after Christ- the west. He talked So, when a mapmaker pher Columbus, in- __ was making a new cluding: Columbus, map, he decided to Ohio; Columbia, .-. f/f .include the New South Carolina; L r- World, and he Columbia, decided to give Maryland; it a name. He District of Co- \ called it lumbia; and XKk [ .I) "America" in the South ,, honor of his American na- friend who tion of Columbia. knew so much, So why isn't our Amerigo. country named "Co- lumbia?" Amerigo Vespucci was an explorer like Colum- bus. Vespuc- ci knew a lot One of the ways that Columbus knew he had finally reached land was a pelican who landed on the mast of his ship. Peli- cans stay near shores, and don't wander far out to se , so he knew that, at last, he must be near land. ! 2 3 6 Hey, kids! Got a book review, editorial, or article you'd like to submit to, ere's when it's due--absolutely, positively final! tober 17 November 14 December 12 This page sponsored by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 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