He first arrived In Cuba then Central America.
In many countries, October 12th is recognized as the Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) or Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day) and is a national holiday. Mexico, Central America, and South America have focused on honoring the ethnic diversity of its people who have a common beginning, tradition, or language. These nationalities include Native Americans (such as the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas) and European nationalities (Spanish, Portuguese, and French).
Starting about 1988 and up to about 1994, there was a distinct pattern of events that went on every Columbus Day. And the first half of the event was a celebration of ethnic culture.
This is where they would sing ethnic songs. They would display ethnic clothes. They would share ethnic foods and stories, and they would speak in ethnic languages in the speeches.
In the second half of the event, they would often travel to a Columbus statue that was usually in the center square of the city, and they would hold a protest event, which was a much more angry rather than a celebration of an ethnic culture, this was an angry event where they talked about injustices. And they talked about the horrors of colonization and so on and so forth.
No to your first statement. In response to your second, I think I heard and/or read something about that.
I plan to celebrate with a good Havana cigar.
If Columbus was a monster, why is there a holiday named for him?
Use the day to remember and recognize the indigenous peoples of the land.
While you're at it, ask yourself, Why do people use this as an Italian holiday, since the funding came from the peoples of Spain?
A good Indigenous Peoples Day, everyone. Remember the sacrifices these people made. You know, loss of life, loss of freedom, forced into Christianity (be sure to read Custer Died For Your Sins : An Indian Manifesto a wonderful and telling book, from Vine DeLoria, Jr.)