03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Columbus Day Special: Colonialists And Conquerors (PHOTOS, POLL)

Columbus Day may be celebrated as a patriotic holiday in the United States, but the man himself remains somewhat controversial. Some view Christopher Columbus less as a hero and more as someone who helped start a new era of imperialism and colonialism.

Does Columbus deserve this bad press? Look at the examples of colonialists and conquerors below to help us rate their legacies.

Have suggestions for great (or horrible) conquerors from history? Leave your ideas in the comments section below.

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