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LTE – Reasons why Columbus is historically important

Much of the rhetoric about renaming Columbus Day misses the main point: If Columbus had not bumped into America, who would be here today? This question itself has no definitive answer but it underlies the modern history of peopling the Americas. Columbus is historically important because his 1492 voyage marks the beginning of continuous European […]

Following Columbus: The team trying to rewrite the explorer’s route

More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus made his first fateful landfall in the New World, modern day adventurers from Turks and Caicos are retracing his route on a quest to rewrite history. The Italian explorer’s momentous transatlantic voyage in 1492 was hailed as the first meeting between a European and the Western Hemisphere […]

Colorado Keeps Columbus Day

A measure that would have eliminated Columbus Day in Colorado failed to advance in the Legislature in late April. The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed the bill 7-2. Click Here to read more.

Stolen Columbus Letter Returned to Italy

A rare copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus in 1493 that was stolen from a library in Florence has been returned to Italy after US investigators discovered it was in the collection of the Library of Congress. Click Here to read more.