It is still unclear who were the first Europeans to set foot on American soil. It is for sure that the Vikings reached America about \(500\) years before Columbus — Leif Erikson was the true discoverer of the continent. However, Columbus started the full scale colonization and exploration of the land and, therefore, the rich history of the New World.
The achievement of Columbus' expedition is widely celebrated in a lot of Western countries, for example, in the USA (but not in all the states), Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Italy and Peru and many more. It's on October \(12\).
It's a bank holiday in some states and people participate in parades, dance, music and food festivals. But due to the controversy of Columbus Day, as his expedition opened the way to enslaving millions of aboriginal Americans, the Indigenous People's Day was proposed. It celebrates the culture and history of Native Americans and raises awareness about their lifestyle.
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