Regardless, thanks to the journalists at the Washington Post, we can help our students (and ourselves) to prove or disprove at least 5 common myths about this important explorer. The myths addressed are:
- Columbus proved the ‘flat Earth’ theory wrong.
- Columbus was Italian.
- Columbus was a successful businessman and a model leader
- Columbus committed genocide.
- Columbus believed he discovered America.
I won’t tell you whether each of these is true, false, or partially true – you’ll need to read the article to learn that. But, spoiler alert – fewer of these are true than you might expect.