Columbus is the capital of Ohio. We recently celebrated Columbus Day, although not every employee has the day off to celebrate.
I never gave Columbus Day much thought, other than to hope for a possible day off work. In elementary school, teachers made a big deal about "the man who discovered America." We would have Columbus Day pageants, with students each reciting a fact about Christopher Columbus. I can remember a song we had to sing about the man; the lyrics went something like this: "Columbus was a sailor and he could not rest, because he thought that India lay toward the west...and off he sailed in August 1492."
Later, in high school, the only thing I remember about Christopher Columbus was that my Italian friends would proudly brag that the man who discovered America was actually Italian.
But I never thought about what he did and why we celebrate him. I know there is some negative historical truth about how, after his first voyage, the Spaniards mistreated the natives. And that Columbus didn't "discover" America as if it was a vast wilderness in fact, native Americans were living here, and doing just fine, long before Columbus ever arrived.