Columbus, real name, Cristoforo Colombo, died in 1505 at the age of 55. He was such a monster that the king and queen of Spain refused to invite him to the kingdom after his voyage to the Americas because of how evil he was during his financed expedition.
Word spread fast about how he and his men raped and tortured and murdered the indigenous people in the Caribbean islands.
He became a pariah.
He had to flee Genova (Italy) because he raped a 13 year old girl and hid in Spain, where he was broke and bedridden and finally died while his relatives shunned him from the public due to the unthinkable acts he did while at sea. When he died, he was never recognized as an explorer or discoverer of a new world. He was thought of as a "gross character with Gonorrhea, who butchered kids."
Many years later, when Settlers were colonizing North America, they needed a white hero to name as the person who discovered the land to justify their colonization and mistreatment of Native Americans. So they randomly chose Christofo Colombo because his name had "Christ" in it, and to make it sound more European and Christian, they changed his name to Christopher Columbus, even though he never stepped foot on American soil. Then schools started teaching it. And the rest is history.
But the truth is he never discovered anything. He was lost and ended up in a chain of islands. He thought he was in India.
Christopher Columbus massacred peaceful island civilizations. He murdered men, women, and kids. He tortured and raped. He brought new diseases to each island he invaded.
Giving this monster a holiday is insane. We know better. And now we do better. Happy indigenous People's Day.
N that's how "History" creates characters 🙄🤷🏻♂️