Remember, the United States had only declared its independence from Britain 16 years earlier, and had yet to form a national identity.
Pintard also had a hand in helping to create Independence Day, you know, July 4th, as a national holiday.
So you see that he was very involved in creating sort of a, a national story for Americans.
And Columbus, he felt Columbus could become a story that Americans could tell each other about their national origins that was outside of the British colonial context.
The United States was in search of a national identity, and its people wanted heroes.
But why not some of the leaders of the revolution? You know, like George Washington.
The leaders of the revolution were the natural candidates to be heroes, but many were still alive and didn’t want the job.
To them, being raised to hero status was undemocratic, so Columbus became the hero.
And the link between Columbus and the United States took hold.