For schoolchildren, Columbus Day likely means revisiting the old rhyme, "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue," and discussing the role the explorer played in the discovery of the New World. Beyond the grade-school classroom, however, Columbus Day is a holiday despised by some, celebrated by others and a hot topic of debate for many. Was Columbus a bad person? Was he responsible for the decimation of the natives in the lands he discovered, both through disease and warfare? Did he discover America? Is his place in history that of a man of myth or a man of legend?
are the kids taught that the reason the Queen of Spain funded Columbus´s search was because he was tying to find a new trade route, as the muslims had cut off the trade route. Columbus finding this new land was accidental, but was in God´s plan. bet the kids don´t know any of this...
Children are probably not taught a thing about history or Christopher Columbus but in February during Black History Month they learn he was a slave owner and brought European disease and death to the Native Americans. All the good stuff liberals love to indoctrinate into our children to be good little communist America haters.
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Pete Stone, 10/14/2013 11:56:42 AM (No. 9564644)
No doubt Columbus brought some diseases to the Americas. One of the worst diseases introduced here was an African one: yellow fever. And Columbus´ lusty sailors caught syphilis from the Indians and brought it home to Europe. They also introduced one of the most addictive known drugs to Europe -- tobacco. It wasn´t a one-way exchange.
FTA: "Because Muslim domination of land trade routes made travel to India and China difficult, Columbus came up with a plan to sail west in order to reach the East, according to biography.com."
That is indeed correct, as evidence now by archaeology and sunken ships. Below is the link to an excellent lecture by Dr. Bill Warner, a brilliant physicist. He explains how we can "track history and economies" through archaeology. Remember, the Muslims were pirates and thieves (and still are). They always practice economic warfare where possible. The transcript of the video lecture is included in the link.
"There has been massive archaeological research under the ocean and at the edge of the Mediterranean. From this archaeological research, we are able to track history and economies. That figure that I gave you about how the economy collapsed, that came from the study of sunken vessels. Because, if you’re not buying much - Let’s say one in ten ships is sunk - that figure is not that high - but whatever. If you see a lot of sunken ships, there was a lot of ships sailing around. When they go down, the economy goes down."
Those who discovered NEW LANDS received great honors and rank ~ plus new lands could be sold to others with a use for them.
For example, the Azores and the Canarias. Both served as advanced sites out into the ocean from which fishing fleets could sail into ever greater schools of fish to bring back, dry, and feed to starving but otherwise expanding European people.
During the earlier part of the 1400s as the Spanish/Breton knights began their major advance down the East Coast picking up Valencia in the bargain, the opportunities for a young knight to pick up a good farm in Spain dwindled, then in the last decade and a half of the 15th century, with total defeat of the Moors in Spain, and the seizure of their lands, there were NO CHANCES AT ALL. Young men could go to Italy and seek fortune with the Church (e.g. Pope Alexander´s folks ~ the Borgias ~ were originally from St. Malo, with a sojourn in Spain as the Borja clan)
I can show some political, financial and cultural connections between Columbus and the Borja family ~ as well as with a couple of the anti-popes ~ and laer with Scandinavian interests (probably started with the business of hauling wool from Iceland to looms in the Mediterranean).
Columbus followed others into a new way of exploring ~ lots of money from major patrons, and with plans ~ lots of them.
He went to America. Stopped at an island. Claimed it Roasted a Spanish pig. Went back home and got more money for more voyages.
They found that pig. It radio carbon dates to 1486.
#10 -- Your historical posts are always, shall we say, entertaining, but ... "He went to America. Stopped at an island. Claimed it. Roasted a Spanish pig. Went back home and got more money for more voyages. They found that pig. It radio carbon dates to 1486..." Assuming that your tongue is nowhere near your cheek, I want to see the gun-camera film on that one. Starting with the provenance and the chain of custody for the pig, and the mass-spec confirmation of the accuracy of the 13-C dating.
I´m of Norwegian descent, so we were always taught that Leif Ericson was here long before Chris. (Chris gonna find Ray Charles! For those Geraldine (Flip Wilson) fans.) Vikings were explorers, finding new lands way before Chris. Anybody watching Vikings on the History Channel?
As long as are we re-appraising Columbus and the holiday, and in some instances in ways that reek of revisionist history-making, why don´t we open the MLK files and reveal everything about that guy and re-evaluate the whole celebration month of February?
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