As Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue back in the 15th Century, he stumbled upon many different places that today, in the 21st Century, are still amazing sites. But, in celebration of Native Americans on this “Columbus Day” weekend, here are five places you might want to think twice about visiting (at least for the month of October).
This is a tough one. Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451, but that shouldn’t make you want to avoid the entire country! Take a trip to Milan, Rome, or Florence instead.
The city was named after Christopher Columbus in 1812. And just .3 percent of its population is Native American. But, don’t count the whole state out as a place to visit because of its Capitol city. One of the state’s main attractions is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
Columbus traveled to Cuba, which he originally thought was China, on his first voyage across the ocean. But technically, today, the country is off limits for Americans because of U.S. restrictions on embargoes. Unless, that is, you are a dignitary or a celebrity.
In the 15th Century, Hispaniola was once comprised of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. According to facts compiled by CBS Atlanta, 23 people testified against Columbus on these islands, charging him with atrocities and cruelty while he was governor of the colony. He also left 40 men behind on that island because there was no more room on his ship.
Palos ports near Huelva, Spain
Allegedly, the city of Palos, near the ports in Spain, gave Columbus three ships–Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria–on his journey to find a western sea route into China, India, and the “gold and spice islands” of Asia. This city is where the whole backwards journey began.