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Columbus Holiday: One Day, Many Interpretations

The second Monday in October is the U.S. Columbus Day holiday, honoring the Italian-born navigator Christopher Columbus, who is credited with discovering the Americas, but a growing number of U.S. cities are choosing to reinterpret what the day stands for. The actual day Columbus landed on a Bahamian island he named San Salvador, discovering an entire land mass that had been unknown to Europeans, was October 12, 1492. That date is celebrated not only by the United States, but also Spain,...

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