Given the atrocities that occurred to the native people in the “new world” at the hands of the European explorers, a history that I didn’t really learn about until college I might add, Columbus day has always left a bad taste in my mouth. A few years back, while on vacation, I remember seeing his actual tomb- an elaborate display in a cathedral in Madrid, Spain. Even then, in the holiest of churches, I sort of wanted to kick it. Today I read this essay from a blog called The Oatmeal. I found it so extremely enlightening that I thought it was important to share it with all of you today, on Columbus Day. All of the information in this essay came from A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen, both of which uses primary sources such as eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself. After you read it, we can all work on replacing Columbus Day with Bartolome Day! Who’s with me!?