Monday, October 11, 2021, is when many Americans celebrate Columbus Day. You no doubt are aware that Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering the New World in 1492. However, you also no doubt know that people already lived in the Americas. In fact, there were thriving populations of people—60 million people—before Columbus arrived. The arrival of the Europeans killed millions of these people, mostly through disease and war over territory.
Let’s look then at Christopher Columbus and his travels, which were important to the exploration of the world by Europeans, but also let’s remember that millions of indigenous people lived in the Americas before the Europeans settled there.