Why the US celebrates Columbus Day


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  • Vox
    Vox  2 months ago +1497

    Correction: At 00:32 we incorrectly say that Columbus never set foot on North American soil. Columbus landed in Central America and the Caribbean which are both regions in North America. We meant to say that Columbus never reached the United States. We regret the error.

    • GreyedInterests
      GreyedInterests 15 days ago

      ok but how could you say central america is not north america
      it's basic geography

    • James Huffmar
      James Huffmar 16 days ago

      +driftwolf Europeans were (and still are) economically, socially, artistically and militarily superior to north - south & central americans. Europeans conquered them easily - too easy!

    • driftwolf
      driftwolf 16 days ago

      +James Huffmar "they were savages and they fought wars and committed genocides". You mean, exactly like the Europeans who claim moral superiority over them, but in fact had none? You mean like Europeans who enslaved locals, attempted to forcibly convert them to their religion, and killed them if they refused? Not once, but repeatedly, to anyone who got in his way, not just the violent ones? Because said European considered themselves "morally superior"? Complain all you want, Columbus and his cohorts, by any standard, shouldn't be celebrated.

    • BARBATUS 89
      BARBATUS 89 27 days ago

      I'm Honduran. The US made my birth country have the murder capital of the world because most drug addicts with wealth are in the US & Canada, so they make trafficking to the North extremely profitable for gangs, making them powerful enough to make a farce out of the government. Thanks, US, for being a shithole so bad your stink sticks to its neighbours. I'm glad I left the US of AIDS before WW3. DEUS VULT!

    • DCpounder
      DCpounder Month ago

      Look at you guys spreading misinformation. Keep on lying.

  • jocko jonson
    jocko jonson 2 days ago

    Even though Ki was horrible that event was the most important genetic discovery of human history

  • Baguette1
    Baguette1 4 days ago

    so the union party held back the native americans, and did not give them a say

  • greased
    greased 6 days ago

    But wait vikings found america first lol get ur facts right.

  • Der Steppenwolf
    Der Steppenwolf 8 days ago +1

    "The Native American who discovered Columbus made a terrible discovery."
    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

  • Jonezx2020
    Jonezx2020 10 days ago

    Columbus was a RAPIST. So Happy Rape Day.

  • Fred is aus the venision

    At the end an Italian
    Landead in new York
    50 years later. so
    Now you are all
    Fucktup in your

  • AGENT 355
    AGENT 355 16 days ago

    Obviously most people shouldn't trust a poll that was done by the knights of columbus these are the same people who think there's just a few bad apples when it comes to priests RAPING children

  • Dimitri Annikie
    Dimitri Annikie 16 days ago

    I live in the Caribbean and we wouldn't even dream of making a day for that greedy genocidal maniac 🙌🙌🙌

  • Ontann
    Ontann 17 days ago

    I'm surprised the founding fathers chose Columbus over Amerigo Vespucci (i.e. the guy that the name America is based on).

  • Non
    Non 17 days ago

    Lol, I only like Clumbus Day cus' there's no school.

  • MaddCB
    MaddCB 18 days ago

    How you get credit for "discovery" if people already there? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • firufu
    firufu 20 days ago

    Americans are so hellbent to keep this idealized version of Columbus despite the evidence contradicting the ideas. Its truly disgusting

  • g4ngst4crizz4b
    g4ngst4crizz4b 22 days ago

    What's worse? "Columbus Day"? Or if I mention the cleaning product "Spic and Span"? The reaction is enough to consider the association a "race is involved somehow" joke. What's worse? And should Spin and Span be removed either by public action through law or consumer boycott?

  • Штурмик Резкий

    The vikings and another italian, John Cabot opened America for english-speaking people.

  • vinci vedi vici lex talionas

    The Vikings beat him by almost half a millennium. They did not know it was North America, but neither did Columbus hence Indians (India). There is also evidence that the Scandinavians inhabited Greenland until the 14th century. The Vikings that landed there had a name for the natives. "Skralings" which roughly translates into "little ugly people" lol. I learned this stuff from college and I just thought I would share it.

  • Christian Zaffuto
    Christian Zaffuto 26 days ago

    Because we, the Italians, spanish, portugues, french, spaniards, etc spawned them.

  • energyeternal
    energyeternal 26 days ago

    Indigenous People's Day

  • Charlotte Katakuri
    Charlotte Katakuri 27 days ago +1

    Aww.. we destroyed the indians mud huts and built educational institutions, constructed hospitals, invented technology in this land. White people are terrible for advancing the world.

  • cidcampeador1952
    cidcampeador1952 27 days ago


    BARBATUS 89 27 days ago

    I was taught in Central America to hate the Spanish. Then I grew up, grew a beard, realized I was 100 percent Spanish because of my Spanish beard and other evidence, and learned more about my past, seeing how glorious it was. Columbus was a devil worshiper Knight Templar whose ships La Niña, La Pinta y La Santa María displayed, if ubiquitous illustrations are based on the truth, the Templar cross showing their mission was to establish masonry in other lands, not so much Catholicism which also uses the Templar cross because the Templars aka elite so-called "free"masons who call themselves "ILLUMINATI" also control Catholicism which is idolatrous making Mary a goddess in effect.
    Everyone who says they are against slavery is a hypocrite when they are silent about terrorist Muslims made prisoners of war. Captives are slaves.
    The Spanish were in a global war against Islam. If Spain did not conquer what it did, Muslims like the Turks may have gotten there first. Spain was not going to sit idly by and let Islam grow in strength making the Reconquista pointless. Spain improved the civilization of the Natives who were in some cases cannibals or sacrificed humans. Spain taught of racial equality, that all come from Adam. The Spanish mingled with the Natives unlike the British norm. Spain defended the Philippines from Muslim invaders from Brunei and elsewhere. Filipinos would be bowing to Mecca five times a day if not for my people who improved their civilization, united them and gave them chocolate from Aztec lands conquered. Except for some bad apples among the Spanish who deserved torture and death, the Spanish did not kill Natives unless the Natives were hostile to the agents of improved civilization and protection from Islam or human sacrificers or what have you. Ironically, if Muslims took over Spain, land of my ancestors, and executed the libtards in the government and their libtarded army who disgrace Spain, I would be glad to see justice there.
    4:32 It's George Dubya Bush with a wig! lol

  • rabblerouser
    rabblerouser 27 days ago

    I think the natives enjoyed our immigration. They never built any walls.

  • rabblerouser
    rabblerouser 27 days ago

    Diversity is our strength

  • Justino Igriega
    Justino Igriega 28 days ago

    And yet you celebrate Thanksgiving without complaining lmaooooooo

  • Strawhat 845
    Strawhat 845 28 days ago

    I don't understand why the f*** I got a holiday after this guy that killed thousands of people it's just a shame... it's so funny how white people always say they discovered stuff but they haven't discovered anything they just stole from everybody

  • this nigga eating beans

    y’all be saying you hate America but your comment is on a platform made by an American i-

  • Miguel Castresana Aguirre

    So basically a few hundred of conquistadors conquered lands of millions with their own hands. No help from the native tribes at all. Damn, these spaniards were super humans? Come on... Do not insult the intelligence. They were IN CONSTANT fightings. Aztec/Inca Empires were subduing the surrounding tribes, which was used by the spanish as an advantage.

  • Laurent Champagne
    Laurent Champagne 29 days ago

    Vox never puts a source after their video or in the description.

  • PlaneTravels
    PlaneTravels 29 days ago

    Guys, you are decontextualizing stuff, you shoud study more history, really. Columbus has done nothing wrong in the eyes of a man of his time. You are the ones that are judging a man using your own modern values. Every civilization had slaves, Aztecs had them, it was normal. The word "slave" came from "slav", becouse slavs were common slaves in medieval time, and they were white, but it was not important at the time. When ancient greeks conquered another greek city, they could decide to kill all males and sell every one else like slaves, so, i guess, now we have problems with columns...

  • Sophia Wilson
    Sophia Wilson Month ago

    Lot of towns have stopped having parades for the Columbus. The truth is coming out.

  • Katie Kolenic
    Katie Kolenic Month ago

    where are your sources??

  • Protor Reuter
    Protor Reuter Month ago

    You celebrate Stalin and Mao so....

  • Aidan Bernard
    Aidan Bernard Month ago +1

    everyone took land back then lol

  • DCpounder
    DCpounder Month ago

    I love Columbus Day! Nice job discovering the new world! Vox nice error and hold the L.

  • Slenderman Zavala
    Slenderman Zavala Month ago

    Columbus brought back Syphilis lol

  • who create GOD?
    who create GOD? Month ago

    native American discover first!and he is a murderer

  • jeremyjw
    jeremyjw Month ago

    careful not to confuse Columbus
    with Columbia, the personification of the United States

  • Steven Beauchamp
    Steven Beauchamp Month ago

    Christopher Columbus is such a fraud.

    • quiflington
      quiflington Month ago

      +Steven Beauchamp
      Well, sorry but I don't know what else to tell you. He discovered the new world and you wrote something in the TVclip comments section. I don't think it's much of a stretch to suggest that he's probably cooler than you are.

    • Steven Beauchamp
      Steven Beauchamp Month ago


      ...uncool. ☹️

    • quiflington
      quiflington Month ago

      He's cooler than you are.

  • Ver Coda
    Ver Coda Month ago

    Possibly because not many people know that Saint Brendan (allegedly) discovered America long before Columbus, but then just went right back to Ireland and left it at that. Brendan was possibly fond of tall tales, however.

  • toadsar the blader
    toadsar the blader Month ago

    We can't juge him that how it was at his time

  • Ray Please Ban The Rolex

    When you spend centuries killing your neighbours, but when Europeans do it it's different and evil 😎👍

  • Pandora Kepler Facts and Stories

    How can you you celebrate ? As per my knowledge Colombus was the one who infected the Native Americans with Disease that he brought from Europe in order to kill the Native population. This disease killed 90% of the Population Isnt it ?

  • Morgoth The Older
    Morgoth The Older Month ago

    2:18 is the picture from a German painter or why is the title German?

  • Aaron  Calderon
    Aaron Calderon Month ago

    All you guys did was get rid of another Holliday. We don’t get any new ones that often

  • Arindam Paul
    Arindam Paul Month ago

    Europeans wrote the history which made them comfortable - now everything will change - there are more babies of non-European origin than European. Now, the truths will come out.

  • joshua ostapko
    joshua ostapko Month ago

    I feel as we should have a colombus day but then also have a day for native Americans such as indigenous people day

  • moist faucet
    moist faucet Month ago

    He discover the new world. Amazing......just like i travel to iceland to discover them.

  • Cool kid 69
    Cool kid 69 Month ago

    Glad he gave us a day off a true unit

  • Maximiliano Zuñixtli

    We should throw out Columbus Day & create Election Day instead to get people involved to act in their own government...

  • Cosmic Centaur
    Cosmic Centaur Month ago

    I remember (and this is sort of unrelated to Columbus) during a history class of our country, Venezuela, our professor showed us a letter from one of the spanish colonists where he talked about indigenous women and how they were the perfect lovers, showing so much skin and how they just stayed still and quiet and let them rape them after just a few hits.
    Americans are completely in the wrong about celebrating any kind of colonialism (or imperialism!) because all the colonists sent here were really awful people, plus Columbus wasn't really involved in British colonialism. But I do think it's ridiculous to hate so much on a guy that's been dead for centuries and it's sort of responsable for how our nations came to be here in America.

  • Andrea Macconi
    Andrea Macconi Month ago

    A part from the fact that Bartolomeo De Las Casas was only 8 years old at the time of Columbus's travels in the caribbean, and so the "information" given by the video from 2.00 to 2.17 is complete bullshit, i think that judging Culumbus's action by modern standards and modern morals is silly. In fact all the explorers of the late XV and XVI century were motivadet by a lust for fame wealth and power, also i would like to point out the fact that the majority of native americans were killed not directly by the europeans but by the diseases, like smallpox, bringed by the spanish, portuguese, and later british and french settlers. This video is misleading and historically inaccurate

  • HooDatDonDar
    HooDatDonDar Month ago

    Great men often suffer greatly. And where there is greatness, there is great error. Columbus was no exception, by all accounts.
    I consider Columbus one of the greatest men who ever lived, certainly since the time of Christ. I would therefore expect him to be demonized. Nevertheless, whether denounced by modern American Indian protesters paid by white liberals, or condemned by his own contemporary countrymen, the rage against Columbus has ever but slightly shadowed his true accomplishments. Anger is a weak ideology. True greatness is untouchable and triumphant, even if it's crucified along the way.
    As an American Indian-a Comanche-I find no objection at all to the Columbus venture. Columbus, having never encountered my people, or any other American Indian tribe, certainly deserves a dispassionate opinion from me. I find it stifling to be denied the wonderment his adventure affords. I find it demeaning to be coerced by political correctness to associate his name with every ill experienced by the American Indian subsequent to his arrival in the Caribbean.
    Fortunately, Columbus' name and adventure survived the contumely over the centuries. The liberal-backed Indians who protest today really represent the weakest criticism of all, the least logical, and the worst construct.
    Yes, in 1500 Columbus was brought back from the Caribbean to Castile-in chains. But there was earthly logic in that. Comendador Bobadilla, the Spanish governor of Hispaniola, saw some bloody evidence (hanging bodies of Spaniards-punished by Columbus), immediately misinterpreted it and took advantage of it, in the name of the Crown and his own power. On the other hand, today's mythical association of every known Indian personal pang with the name of Columbus is utterly irrational.
    And not only was Bobadilla himself cruel to the Caribbean Indians, but today's liberal political abuse of Indians is equally cruel, in my opinion. It is a spiritual slavery, of imaginary or misconceived injustice, that liberals impose on the minds of Indians.
    To tell Indians they must denounce Judeo-Christian European civilization is like making them bark at the moon. What is accomplished by encouraging perpetual discontent? It is an ultimately self-destructive anger that the liberals offer Indians.
    I for one Indian deeply resent and reject this puppet role, this wooden Indian posture. Give me the aspirations of Columbus. Give me the world to explore! That feels a lot better.
    One who is often lauded in the ranks of liberals is Kirkpatrick Sale, author of the terrific book, The Conquest of Paradise. Sale's book, seven years in the writing, is actually a dramatic balance of violently opposing views.
    The fact is Sale can't help himself. Though a renowned liberal, he cannot disguise the historical record, nor does he try. Yes, he founded the New York Green Party, and takes many opportunities to denounce the mechanical materialism of European society and its galactic expansions through America. But, the facts in the case of Columbus, the sheer telling of the story, is overwhelmingly convincing. Columbus was an extraordinarily individual. Sale simply can't tell the story any other way.
    It may be true that people simply need heroes. But the gainsayers never replace them with anything comparable, let alone better.
    Indeed, the critics can't comprehend greatness. They are but leeches, living off protesting the achievement of others. Worse, they are thieves. As college professors, they rob youth of their natural aspirations, their instinctive ambitions. They offer instead an attitude of perpetual complaint, protest, and depression. They degrade reality.
    Greatness speaks for itself. It is its own interpreter.
    the late Dr. David A. Yeagley was an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.

  • A. Mangla
    A. Mangla Month ago +1

    history is a biography of madman who wins but in today times, we must just call them native americans instead of indians.

  • Shaurav Kumar Yadav

    Today Europe would call us Indian, poor, 3rd world country, Trump will say shithole but, in 15th century they all were searching our land to loot.

  • Joe Austin
    Joe Austin Month ago

    I was there. Chris was a chill dude.

  • Shaurav Kumar Yadav

    Well Columbus did not reach India, but 6 years later Vasco De Gama did reach India.
    We Indians cant even think of celebrating Vasco day, it would be a crime knowing the fact what India faced after arrival of Europeans.

  • Jairo Baltodano
    Jairo Baltodano Month ago

    Why did he get a holiday you ask easy, He was a white Spaniard.

  • YPG
    YPG Month ago

    So innacuarate!!!

  • YPG
    YPG Month ago

    Other english video using the spanish black legend! 😒😒😒

  • jake black
    jake black Month ago

    A great historical figure committed atrocities? Who would have thought. When you are done being chronically offending you can accept life was a bit more brutal back in the day. The people that got celebrated were simply the ones with a vision. Natives were done the second Europeans touched ashore with their communicable diseases. 90%-95% of natives were wiped out simply from disease.

  • Gerson Morales
    Gerson Morales Month ago

    Thanks to this man, North American history never would’ve been the same

  • Jorge Vega Curiel
    Jorge Vega Curiel Month ago

    Columbus was from Spain

  • Vinicius Alexandre
    Vinicius Alexandre Month ago

    Gary Cooper was gay?

  • Jacob Neal
    Jacob Neal Month ago

    Isn't it cool how Native American descendants from where the US is are complaining about a conquest in Southern America, it turns me on.

  • 濱田絵
    濱田絵 Month ago

    No more Columbus day

  • Silas Bishop
    Silas Bishop Month ago

    Jesus, I thought that "native activist" was GW Bush.

  • Silas Bishop
    Silas Bishop Month ago +1

    Columbus is a hero to Western Civilization. He opened up the Americas to western settlement. Thank You Columbus!

  • truthbetold459
    truthbetold459 Month ago

    Columbus was nothing more than a glorified white terrorist.

  • d.u.g. Drilly
    d.u.g. Drilly Month ago

    dont forget the Malian and the Viking that actally DID make it to 'America' over 100years before Columbus was thought of.

  • Carlos Granadillo
    Carlos Granadillo Month ago

    I’d argue this video is completely accurate.

  • Homer Simpson
    Homer Simpson Month ago

    He brought diversity to a monoracial nation, what a hero.

  • SoulTrial
    SoulTrial Month ago +1

    I don’t think you mentioned that some Native American tribes joined the explorers to take down the big ones. Like the Aztecs. The Aztecs enslaved people, killed people, and forced other tribes to tax them. Explorers and Native Americans took that empire down and Native Americans have been waring each other for centuries. Do you really think a small group of explorers can beat millions of Native Americans alone? You are making it sound like explorers came and killed a bunch of Peacekeepers. Which is very incorrect, also, if you think that a bunch of half naked men with bows and spears will beat men with guns and horses. Then you are just wrong. Diseases did kill many Native Americans but that was not the explorers intention. They didn’t come to the new world to kill everyone with diseases they came there for land, gold, and raw materials.

  • Kakto Tak
    Kakto Tak Month ago

    Does anybody has any evidence or support for the claim that the conventional wisdom of the Columbus time was that the Earth was round?

  • Chiara Del Rio
    Chiara Del Rio Month ago

    Didn't Fernando what's the one that proved the world was round not Columbus

  • interanaut
    interanaut Month ago +2

    So what if millions of Indian died?
    Why should we care.?
    Humans are meant to be killed right?
    What about people of iraq, afgan, yaman, Syria?
    US. Is doing the same what columbus did to them.

  • Andres Rodriguez
    Andres Rodriguez Month ago +1

    I assume a columbus day sale means I can just walk in and take whatever I want

    • Jacob Neal
      Jacob Neal Month ago

      And if there was a Natives Day that means I could go and horribly sacrifice all the employees.

  • Andres Rodriguez
    Andres Rodriguez Month ago +1

    School on columbus day?

    I just skip and stay home sleeping

  • A FPX
    A FPX Month ago +1

    If you want a real explanation of Columbus check the channel “knowing better” and not this

    MR ROBOT Month ago +1

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  • Ignacio García
    Ignacio García Month ago

    You should make a video about VOX, the far right party that is becoming more powerful in Spain (that has the same name as your channel)

  • 1503nemanja
    1503nemanja Month ago +1

    You are intentionally misleading people. Columbus largely was not responsible for the worst offenses committed, and most came after his role was finished. The channel Knowing Better has a good vid about what Columbus was and was not responsible for. So why are natives mad at him, he did not harm them or their ancestors personally and if not him some other European would uncover America and then the same would happen. Especially US Native Americans have no reason to hate him.
    As a non-American I think the best solution is to celebrate both Columbus Day and Native American Day on the same day and let everyone pick what they like and it creates unity since it celebrates both those who were already there and those who came later. Maybe rename it to Reconciliation Day and let everyone celebrate the legacy they like, native or colonial, or ideally both. Anyway I see no reason to hate on Columbus, his supposed vileness is greatly exaggerated and his good sides forgotten, both in case of him personally and what his arrival lead to.

  • José Andreu
    José Andreu Month ago

    You "opressed people" always weeping. Dude, consquest has been cruel throughout the whole world history. It keeps same nowadays, don´t cry about people you never knew (since they are just another conquered peoples in history) and about opression you never experienced. Is that hard to celebrate an event that brought development and joy to the world as it was america's colonization? Yeah it was cruel, but which event in international human contact wasn't ?

  • Nick Jozsa
    Nick Jozsa Month ago +1

    This video gave me Cancer.

  • DSWynne
    DSWynne Month ago

    The Native American community should have their own "Indigenous People's Day". Why? Trying to rename a day smacks reactionary activism (kind of like how Marxist, Islamists and even Christians have had a history of destroying holidays and cultures). The community should be proactive, in that they should choose a day that has nothing to do with Columbus. Celebrate the different "nations" that exist on the North American continent. And if this day is suppose to be American-centric, then I propose making September 17th as Indigenous People's Day. Why? It was the first treaty signed between the Delaware Indians and the United States government (Treaty of Fort Pitt, 1778). Alternatively, make a day in early November Indigenous People's Day. Why? November is Native American Heritage Month. In other words, promote Amerind Culture and History in a way that enhances the American Experience, not damage it with identity politics. Not necessary.

  • i C
    i C Month ago +1

    And yet we ignore the similar things the natives did

  • White People
    White People Month ago

    Vox - Form your opinion, then do your research to fit information to that opinion.

  • White People
    White People Month ago +1

    We do not celebrate Columbus because he discovered the united STATES of America... we celebrate him because he discovered the AMERICAS. (not counting Leif Erikson)

  • Alexis Sarabia
    Alexis Sarabia Month ago

    Nobody celebrates Columbus day, its just a no work day for some people.

  • Shawn
    Shawn Month ago

    If I ever have kids. I’ll teach them REAL history. Not whitewashed glamorized history that waters down the atrocities committed by colonizers AROUND the world
    There’s ZERO purpose to celebrate Columbus Day

    • Jacob Neal
      Jacob Neal Month ago

      There's also no purpose to celebrate Natives Day

  • whitedevilvaz
    whitedevilvaz Month ago

    Columbus nationality is still disputed. It is not certain he was italian. He could have also been portuguese or spanish.

  • Rick Foley
    Rick Foley Month ago

    Another reason to hate myself. Well played, Vox.