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The Facts of Christopher Columbus: Successful Sailor, Murderous Mariner, Providential Pathfinder?

The famed Italian voyager who stood 6' tall unwittingly discovered America as he intended to discover a westerly route to India. The mariner in our day bears a split historical personality.  Is he an intrepid explorer or a greedy exploiter? This much we agree upon, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue...”. But should October 12th be Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day?  Was he a successful sailor or a murderous mariner?