While we all sat in our assigned seats, ready to hear about the “hero” Christopher Columbus, the man who found America, our wide eyes, and broad smiles made it hard for our teachers to tell us the dark truth about this man who was anything but an exemplary.

Christopher Columbus Exposed: the Dark Truth About the Man Behind Thanksgiving

What we were told: In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He went off on a voyage to find the new world and prove that the world is not flat. Eventually, his expert sailing skills lead him to America where he met these nice natives and then everyone had a feast and was thankful. The end!

While the “kiddy” version of Christopher Columbus’s story is all too cute to ruin, Popular Everything thinks the truth should be heard… despite how ugly it may be! Here’s the lowdown on who Columbus really is.