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Why Columbus is an Italian-American superhero?

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    Posted: 14 Oct 2014 at 03:03
Why on earth, Christopher Columbus is considered a hero by Italian-Americans? I really don't understand that.

(1) Columbus didn't work for Italy but for Spain.

(2) Columbus didn't discover the Americas, we were already here! Angry

(3) Columbus was a criminal that commited a genocide. How we could celebrate him?

(4) Columbus was brought in chains to Spain for a very good reason. He was not only a murderer of Indians but also of Spaniards, and an incompetent manager too.

(5) But above all, I don't understand why Italian-Americans celebrate Columbus when he WASN'T EVEN Italian!!!! Columbus NEVER wrote a letter in Italian, not even when those were addressed to Italians!!! Columbus was actually a Catalan pirate of the worst kind.

So, I don't understand why Italian-Americans love him. They should be ashamed of him, anyways.




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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:


Why on earth, Christopher Columbus is considered a hero by Italian-Americans? I really don't understand that.

(1) Columbus didn't work for Italy but for Spain.

(2) Columbus didn't discover the Americas, we were already here! Angry

(3) Columbus was a criminal that commited a genocide. How we could celebrate him?

(4) Columbus was brought in chains to Spain for a very good reason. He was not only a murderer of Indians but also of Spaniards, and an incompetent manager too.

(5) But above all, I don't understand why Italian-Americans celebrate Columbus when he WASN'T EVEN Italian!!!! Columbus NEVER wrote a letter in Italian, not even when those were addressed to Italians!!! Columbus was actually a Catalan pirate of the worst kind.

So, I don't understand why Italian-Americans love him. They should be ashamed of him, anyways.



Mate, I wasn't aware that American people "celebrated" Columbus, after all, he played no real role in "discovering" what is now the USA, played no role at all in the settlement of the USA.

If he was to be "celebrated" by anyone, surely it would be the Spanish, the Italians or at least the Spanish inhabitants of South America.

I seriously doubt if anyone with South American indigenous ancestry would celebrate his arrival.

But in any case, this is no reason to hate the gringos.


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