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DISCOVERY DAY
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[ Also see Columbus Discovery Holidays ]

Open the map of our North American Continent, and see how the land was shaped for immeasurable prosperities. Behold the navigable rivers, greater and more numerous than those of any other land, running down to the sea in all directions--prophecy of large manufactures and easy commerce. Look at the great ranges of mountains, timbered with wealth on the tops and sides, and metaled with wealth underneath; 180,000 square miles of coal; 180,000 square miles of iron. The land so contoured that extreme weather seldom lasts more than three days. For the most of the year the climate is bracing, and favorable for brawn and brain. All fruits, all min-erals, all harvests. Scenery which displays an autumnal pageantry which no other land pretends to rival. No South American earthquakes. No Scotch mists. No English fogs. No Egyptian plagues. No Germanic divisions. The happiest people on the earth are the people of the United States. The poor man has more chance, the industrious man more opportunity. How good God was to our fathers! How good God is to us and our children!
      - Unknown,
        second part of quotation, see "Before Columbus. . ."

The history of the connection of the Spaniards with the Indians of the New World shows that, far from being actuated by a desire for the spiritual welfare of the unfortunate red men, their sole purpose was to use them as instruments for gaining wealth, regardless of their health or even of their lives. History does not contain a blacker record than the dealings of the Spaniards with the Indians. Columbus himself set the example in Hayti, when he and his companions ruthlessly butchered the miserable savages simply to create terror. The pages of Las Casas are full of the records of deeds of which demons should be ashamed.
      - Unknown, in the St. Louis Advocate

The Old World owes scarcely less to Columbus than the New.
      - Rev. W.W. Wilson

From the discovery of the New World, the mercantile spirit has been rapidly gaining upon its old antagonist; and the establishment upon these shores of our Republic, whose union was the immediate result of commercial necessities, whose independence found its original impulse in commercial oppression, and of whose Constitution the regulation of commerce was the first leading idea, may be regarded as the epoch at which the martial spirit finally lost its supremacy, which, it is believed and trusted it can never again acquire.
      - Robert Charles Winthrop

Our country for the World! we sing,
  But in no worldly way:
    Our country to the Lord we bring
      And fervent for her pray:
        God make her true; God make her pure;
          God make her wise and good;
            And through her may the Christ make sure
              Man's world-wide Brotherhood! America! America!
                'Gainst wrong thy might be hurled;
                  For thee we lift our loud Huzza!
                    Our Country for the World!
      - Denis Wortman


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