Yes, it’s quite odd that Americans continue to celebrate Christopher Columbus Day, revering a conquistador who never even set foot on the mainland North American continent as “The man who discovered America.” While I can surely understand those who want to celebrate their Italian heritage, there are other, better ways to do that, too, considering that DNA evidence suggests Columbus may not have even been Italian after all.Much has been written and said (and rightly so) about Columbus’s true legacy as a pillager, rapist, and imperial killer. But not enough attention is paid to the etymological travesties he committed, which still persist to this day.
First, there’s Costa Rica — “The Rich Coast,” so named by Columbus for its wealth of gold. Upon his initial journey, Columbus asserted to have seen “more gold in two days than in four years in Española.”
Except there was no gold in what was ……
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