Columbus’ Principles of Discovery
There is no shortage of opinions regarding Columbus Day. It has been the cause of lengthy and heated debate for decades. Opponents of Columbus Day believe that the celebration of Columbus’ discovery memorializes a reprehensible history of entitlement, conquest and genocide. Proponents claim that the day is not set aside to honor the specific actions of one man, but to celebrate the triumph of discovery itself. If this is true, perhaps it would be beneficial for us to take a serious look at the principles of discovery that Columbus was operating under when he arrived in the new world.