ERIC Number: ED340652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Columbian Quincentenary: An Educational Opportunity.
National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Nineteen ninety-two is the 500th anniversary of Columbus's first voyage to the Americas. This position statement challenges educators to participate in commemorating the quincentenary by seriously examining the available scholarship to enhance knowledge about 1492, and in turn, to enhance the knowledge of students. Specifically, educators are called upon to help students comprehend the contemporary relevance of 1492 and provide them with basic, accurate knowledge about Columbus's voyages, their historical setting, and unfolding events. This paper highlights a number of important facets of the history of Columbus's voyages that should be stressed, including: Columbus did not discover a new world and thus, initiate American history; the real America Columbus encountered in 1492 was a different place from the precontact America often portrayed in folklore, textbooks, and the mass media; and as a result of forces emanating from 1492, Native Americans suffered catastrohpic mortality rates. A 26-item list of references is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.