“…The glory of [Columbus’] exploit, great as it was, becomes almost unimportant when compared with its results. It marked the inception of the modern era. The minds of men were opened to new thoughts… The arts began to flourish… A new age appeared, great in captains, admirals, statesmen, poets and philosophers, and finally new nations dedicated to human freedom arose on this side of the Atlantic. These are partly the reasons why Christopher Columbus is entitled to be honored.”

From “Calvin Coolidge Says” a syndicated newspaper column October 11, 1930

Happy Columbus Day!