The Order Sons of Italy in America has released a report, Columbus: Fact vs. Fiction, in hopes of clearing the reputation of Columbus which they say has suffered at the hands of special interest groups since 1992 to further their 21st century political and social agendas.
The group denies reports that Columbus considered the natives racially inferior, and instead claims he praised them for their beauty and intelligence.
And while some historians claim Columbus committed genocide, OSIAs experts claim the population of the Caribbean was estimated at about 40 million, and that it would have been impossible for Columbus to have murdered that many people in the two-and-a-half years he spent there.
Columbus Day is still reason for OSIA to celebrate. They say the day commemorates the arrival of more than 5 million Italians in America begining in 1880, the fifth largest ethnic group in the U.S. today.
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