5 Myths About Christopher Columbus

As you prepare to celebrate tomorrow’s Columbus Day by having the day off. Or not – as here in the big city in the center of the Buckeye State – everyday is Columbus (Ohio) day.

Regardless, thanks to the journalists at the Washington Post, we can help our students (and ourselves) to prove or disprove at least 5 common myths about this important explorer. The myths addressed are:

  1. Columbus proved the ‘flat Earth’ theory wrong.
  2. Columbus was Italian.
  3. Columbus was a successful businessman and a model leader
  4. Columbus committed genocide.
  5. Columbus believed he discovered America.

I won’t tell you whether each of these is true, false, or partially true – you’ll need to read the article to learn that.  But, spoiler alert – fewer of these are true than you might expect.


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