Christopher Columbus & Native Americans

In his famous book, “1984” author George Orwell said that “Those who control the present control the past and those who control the past control the future.” Christopher Columbus is often celebrated as a hero. However, many Native Americans view his arrival in the New World as the end of their civilizations. Is this an example of what Orwell meant? Has history been rewritten by the conquerors or those who control the present? Does it matter and if so, is it a good thing?

 

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