HOUSTON, TX-- "Today is Columbus Day," says Ricardo Mondragon.
Yes it is, but what do people know about this holiday named for explorer Christopher Columbus?
“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” said nearly everyone we asked.
Okay, technically, that’s correct but what else?
“Columbus discovered America,” said Erin Diurba.
“He was the first person to come here to the Americas to discover it,” said Martin Camarillo.
Yeah, despite the fact that’s what most of us were taught, it's not true.
"Old Chris" did set sail in 1492 with three ships and he did discover land but it wasn’t America. It was the Bahamas and Hispaniola, now known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic. A Viking named Leif Erickson discovered North America 500 years before Columbus even set sail.
You, also, may have been taught that he set out to prove the Earth was round. Again, not true. Pythagoras had already proved it 2000 years before, and if people didn’t believe Pythagoras, they believed Aristotle who showed them the Earth’s shadow on the moon.
“The most important part was we didn’t have to go to school,” was what another person we talked to said.
Maybe that was a good thing since not everything we were taught was historically correct.