When Columbus landed on the chain of islands known in his time as the West Indies, he would bring Christianity, culture, and government to the indiginous peoples. Some people would say that these gifts were not important to the Indians who seemed to live in harmony. But I can't help to think that God in his divine providence does not want all peoples of every race to be welcomed into the Christian brotherhood.
Thanks to the Franciscans, we have: Los Ángeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Mónica, Santa Bárbara, San Diego, Carmel, (Pascua)Florida, Saint Augustine, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, San Fernando, etc., etc...
Día de la Raza The date Columbus arrived in the Americas is celebrated in many countries in Latin America. The most common name for the celebration in Spanish (including in some Latino communities in the United States) is the Día de la Raza ("day of the race" or "day of the [hispanic] people"), commemorating the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans. The day was first celebrated in Argentina in 1917, Venezuela and Colombia in 1921, Chile in 1922, and Mexico in 1928. … [More]
Columbus Day: Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay. These holidays have been celebrated … [More]