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Two Sides of Columbus
If you have the responsibility of teaching about Columbus, you need to be aware there's more to the story than three ships and 1492. If your picture of Columbus is still the noble explorer, nothing will take the wind out of your sails like the article from Reuters describing the mock trial by Honduran Indians, charging Columbus with genocide and robbery. Columbus' infamous "discovery" is considered by many Indians throughout the Americas as the start of five centuries of oppression. This topic will garner more attention as time goes on, as evidenced by our own search of Alta Vista. Our results of "Columbus and Indians and Oppression" yielded 503 matches.
On the other side of the coin, a real-world activity is to draw one of Columbus' ships to actual scale, using chalk on the school parking lot. The dimensions here are supplied by Teachnet reader Jeanelle Mitsdarfer:
For more information, look no further than Columbus, Ohio, which hoped in 1992 to cash in on its namesake status by building a full-scale replica of the Santa Maria. You can read all about the replica at their SantaMaria.Org website.
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