Today, the second Monday of October, is Columbus Day in the USA -- a federal holiday recognizing Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.
But I will not be celebrating.
What we learned about Columbus in school was not the whole truth. In some cases, it wasn't the truth at all.
First of all, Columbus did not originate the theory that the earth is round. Such had been known since ancient times.
Columbus also did not discover America. Leif Ericson and his Norsemen had built a settlement in what is now the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador some 500 years before Columbus wandered into the West Indies.
And, once Columbus got here, he enslaved the Native Americans and forced them to convert to Christianity, while helping himself to the new world's gold and other precious resources.
In other words, it seems that he paved the way for the better-known genocide and subjugation of Native Americans that took place on the North American mainland in later centuries.
Is this the kind of thing we should be celebrating?