Goodbye Columbus? Canada's chains of history

Barry Gough offers a Canada-eye-view on the commemorations and controversy of the Columbus Quincentenary.

With relief some historians are glad that 1992 is now a thing of the past, for the year carried with it all the apparent guilt of five centuries of European expansion and all the unanswered charges of the tyranny of imperialism. 1992 was the year of rhetoric. Columbus has been vilified, whereas a century ago he was a hero. His voyages of discovery have been discounted as to their value. His findings, scientific and navigational, have been minimised or dismissed as of little account. No longer a heroic symbol of progress of an enlightened Europe, Columbus is now discounted in the journals and politically correct articles as an imperialist and a brute.

To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive.

Buy Online Access  Buy Print & Archive Subscription

If you have already purchased access, or are a print & archive subscriber, please ensure you are logged in.

Please email if you have any problems.