We All Know Columbus Didn’t Discover America—So How Did He Become a Symbol of Its Founding?

Mahmood Mamdani, in Neither Settler nor Native, locates the founding moment of the modern nation-state at 1492, noting it emerged out of two developments in Iberia. “One was ethnic cleansing, whereby the Castilian monarchy sought to create a homogeneous national homeland for Christian Spaniards by ejecting and converting those among them who were strangers to … Continue reading We All Know Columbus Didn’t Discover America—So How Did He Become a Symbol of Its Founding?