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Why Columbus Day Would Never Have Been A Holiday In Roma Occidens

Author: Wes Moots

Today marks one of the most controversial holidays in modern America. Columbus Day was established as a federal holiday in 1937 to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas on October 12th, 1942—the holiday was set to fall on the second Monday of October each year.

In recent years, the day has faced greater and greater scrutiny from people who do not think that Columbus was the heroic explorer that so many history classes tried to make him out to be. In many locations throughout the country, Indigenous People’s Day or Native American Day is celebrated instead.

In the currently ongoing series Rome West, history takes a dramatically different turn when Columbus discovers the natives to be armed with more advanced weapons, as well as Roman influenced tactics, which make them far more prepared to face these invasive European forces.

In this new reality, Columbus and his men find themselves imprisoned by the indigenous peoples who were subjected to so much cruelty at Columbus’s hands in our own timeline.

Creators Brian Wood and Justin Giampaoli tell this fascinating story of an alternate history where a Roman legion is shipwrecked upon the shores of Manhattan after getting caught in a storm on the Mediterranean Sea. From there, the Roman’s establish a new city which, through trade, diplomacy, and imperialism grows to encompass much of North America.

Check out the ongoing story as it updates every Thursday only on the Stela Books App—available for free on the iOS app store today!

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