• Bill de Blasio orders review amid debate about statues and monuments
  • Columbus statue erected in 1892 to mark 400 years after explorer’s voyage

Bill de Blasio, the New York mayor, has said he may order the removal of the landmark statue of Christopher Columbus that has overlooked Manhattan’s Columbus Circle since it was erected as part of the city’s 1892 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the explorer landing in the Americas.

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