In 14 hundred and 92,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
This was one of the most significant events in world history. Hailed by many as a great explorer, and by others as an example of all that is wrong with western culture, the real truth is somewhere in between.
It is undeniable that Columbus was a man with a dream, and some sort of audacity to follow up on it. He had a beast of a time getting funding, and it was mostly through his force of personality that he was able to accomplish that.
Columbus should be celebrated by Americans. He should be seen as a symbol of our need to seek new areas, new enterprises, and to follow our dreams. We might not actually fulfill them (which, by the way, Columbus didn't, really) but we could just change the world with our pursuit.