Dia de la Raza

The Significance of October 12th:  Dia de la Raza

On August 3, 1492, sailing with three ships – the Santa María, the flagship, La Niña and La Pinta –, Christopher raza1Columbus set out from Spain expecting to reach the East Indies in order to establish trade routes and colonies. However, on October 12, 1492 his voyage took him to a continent unknown to Europeans, resulting in the Discovery of the New World; to the continent that would further be known as America.

Even though some historians and investigators pose other European seafarers arrived to the continent before Columbus, this historic event brought about the encounter of two worlds changing and mixing the diverse cultural, social, economic and political structures of two continents.

While in Mexico since 1928, October 12 is known as Día de la Raza (ethnicity, ancestry, lineage), in other countries in the American continent the day is observed as the Day of the Cultures, the Day of the Americas, expressing the ethnic pride, in Spain as the Day of the Hispanic World and in the U.S. as Columbus Day.

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El 3 de agosto del año 1492, navegando con tres navíos – la Santa María, el navío insignia, La Niña y La Pinta –, Cristóbal Colón zarpó de España con la intención de llegar a las Indias Orientales con el fin de establecer rutas comerciales y colonias. Sin embargo, el 12 de Octubre del año 1492 su travesía le llevó a un continente desconocido a los Europeos, resultando en el Descubrimiento del Nuevo Mundo; al continente que posteriormente fuera llamado razaAmérica.

No obstante que algunos historiadores e investigadores plantean que navegantes europeos arribaron al continente antes que Colón, este evento histórico dio origen al encuentro de dos mundos, cambiando y mezclando la diversidad de estructuras culturales, sociales, económicas y políticas de dos continentes.

En tanto que desde el año 1928 en México el día 12 de Octubre  es conocido como el Día de la Raza (etnicidad, ascendencia, linaje) en otros países de América el día se observa como el Día de las Culturas, el Día de las Américas, expresando el orgullo étnico, en España como el Día de la Hispanidad, y como el Día de Cristóbal Colón en los E.U.A.

Mónica Sauza vive en Cozumel desde 1991. Es Perito Traductor y ha trabajado con diversas empresas locales, nacionales e internacionales. Desde hace más de 20 años ha brindado ayuda a personas de nacionalidad extranjera.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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