Sure, Christopher Columbus had his down sides. Sure, the settlement of the Americas by Europeans wasn’t always ethical or peaceful.
But back in the book of Genesis, Joseph had this to say to his brothers.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
~ Genesis 50:30 (ESV)
So the point is, that for all his faults, and for all of their faults, the European settlement of these continents led to the greatest nation in the world’s history.
And our First Amendment guarantees that you have the right to complain about it.
But, know your history first.
I believe this.
365 Things I Believe is a revisioning of a year long web project. I initially launched the blog 365 Things I Believe because I think there are important things I have to say. There are eternal truths that are non-debatable, although I realize they’re not universally accepted.
So for a year I did a daily post of one thing I believe to be an indisputable truth. I’m relaunching here at The Write Side of My Brain and will continue through the next year to re-post (mostly) from the original project.
This time graphics and commentary are included. You can buy today’s print here. And, by the end of a year, if not sooner, you’ll be able to purchase the entire series in ebook format.
On this day in 1492 Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached India.