10 October, 2011

Who Christopher Columbus?

Oh now I know, a holiday created by our government so American can buy appliances on sale.I wonder why our Government picked him.But our Governments does many dumb things.

1. He did not discover America. 
Unless we  ignore the fact that millions of humans already inhabited this land later to be called the Americas, having discovered it millennia before.

2. Columbus set out to prove the world was round.
Already done did that, he was about 2,000 years too late. Ancient Greek mathematicians had already proven that the earth was round, not flat. Pythagoras in the sixth century B.C. was one of the originators of the idea. Aristotle in the fourth century B.C. provided the physical evidence,
such as the shadow of the Earth on the moon and the curvature of the Earth known by all sailors approaching land. And by the third century B.C., Eratosthenes determined our planet's shape and circumference using basic geometry.
Columbus did nothing significant.With all this talk of  the hapless Columbus accidentally "discovering" the New World, as well as the subsequent genocide of native cultures, it is easy to understand the current backlash against Columbus and the national holiday called Columbus Day, celebrated throughout North and South America. This isn't entirely fair.

During Columbus time in Haiti, he and his men hunted the Taino Indians for sport, beating, raping, torturing, killing, and then using the Indian bodies as food for their hunting dogs.

While Columbus was wrong about most things, he did help establish knowledge about trade winds,  the lower-latitude easterliest that blow toward the Caribbean and the higher-latitude westerlies that can blow a ship back to Western Europe. Also, while Columbus wasn't the first European to reach the Western Hemisphere, he was the first European to stay. His voyages directly started  the permanent presence of Europeans in both North and South America.
Columbus died unknown in poverty

Columbus was very greedy; he voyaged for three things, “Gold, Glory and God”. In his search for gold he killed many people and almost wiped out an entire civilization by himself. He did this for many reasons. One of course was for personal gain and the other was for Spain. If he did not get gold for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand they would not finance Columbus’ trip. Columbus had to pay the Queen and King back and he would do anything to do that. This need to repay his debt can be found in Columbus’ diaries as he raced from one Caribbean island to the next, stealing anything of value and killing or capturing Native Americans.

Maybe someday Congress will delcare a holiday for Bush and Cheney
for liberating Iraq

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