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Mark Steyn has a great column about Happy Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving Day on his website.
Funny to see mention of Happy Indigenous People's Day on a site based in New England where the bloodiest war (per capita) was fought in North America. Still trying to research if a distant relative fought in the war (colonist's side) Most of the Indians were enslaved to the Caribbean.
While I agree with the general sentiment of the article, a couple of minor quibbles:
While they did not smelt ore, metal was not unknown in the New World. They may have missed out on the Iron Age, but copper, gold, and silver were all used for tools and art objects. Remember all that Inca gold the Spaniards were so hot for?
The "no draft animals", while mostly true, has more to do with the lack of suitable animals. than lack of culture and tech. Camels and horses went extinct in North America around the Younger Dryas. Moose and bison are large, but cantankerous. Deer are relatively frail and skittish. In North America, dogs were used to pull sleds and whatever the plural of 'travois' is. The Incas used llamas as pack animals in the south.