Columbus day should not be celebrated. He was one of many to have questioned the legacy of the explorer, whose arrival in the Americas has been celebrated in the United States for hundreds of years. Windmill Books. The natives were friendly and gladly exchanged pearls for European trinkets. In a secondary source Columbus says that in February he traveled a hundred leagues beyond Tile Thulewhere he noted the immense tides. He may have contracted malaria and typhus, and probably suffered from Reiter's syndrome, which combines eye and urinary tract disorders with arthritis. No blame attaches to the noblemen for declining to undertake an enterprise which only rulers of nations could properly carry out. Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There were to be seen only smouldering ruins and some corpses which were identified as Spanish. Columbus required the natives to pay tribute in gold and cotton. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. About six months later, in SeptemberColumbus returned to the Americas.