1492 in retrospect does not look like such a fantastic year in the history of Western Civilization, though in America we devote a holiday every year to increasingly controversial, the Wall Street Journal reports. The national consensus that Columbus was an unmarred hero has been lost, and in many states, both the holiday and Columbus Day celebrations are decreasing.'s contribution to world exploration. The Columbus Day holiday is
From American Heritage: "Christopher Columbus and Genocide: The discoverer of the New World was responsible for the annihilation of the peaceful Arawak Indians." And as I posted previously, 1492 was the year the "Christian" King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain expelled all Jews and Muslims from Spain and persecuted the remaining non-practicing ones as heretics.
Turns out, according to the Atlantic Monthly, "before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thought—an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable conjecture: the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact."