USA Update Columbus Day: How did Christopher Columbus become so controversial?

A century ago, Christopher Columbus was considered the most glorious explorer in American history. Today, major cities are voting to eliminate the national holiday in his name. What happened?

Elaine Thompson

In 1495, three years after Christopher Columbus became (allegedly) the first European to set foot in the Americas, the Italian explorer embarked on a series of expeditions – ones that have been historically omitted by textbooks.

of 5 stories this month > Get unlimited stories
You've read 5 of 5 free stories

Only $1 for your first month.

Get unlimited Monitor journalism.