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Why Christopher Columbus wasn't the hero we learned about in school
09.04.2021 Alicia Lee
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Christopher Columbus

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue."

That rhyme has long been how American students were introduced to Christopher Columbus in elementary school.

Students are taught that Columbus is the one who discovered the Americas, sailing across the Atlantic in his three ships: The Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria. The Italian explorer is even celebrated every October during a federal holiday named after him.

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