03 February 2014

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

On Columbus Day I pondered:
Without the Chinese knowledge of gunpowder and guns, the Spanish reconquest, pushing the Moors out of the Iberian peninsula, likely would not have happened.  Thus, their language and the Spanish Empire in the New World would have never spread.  
Ferdinand and Isabella likely wanted to increase the prestige of the liberated Spain, so they accepted Colombus’ demands- 10% of the wealth found and be named Viceroy of the lands conquered....
Without Spain's empire building in the "New World", other countries would not have felt pressure to go, especially if they never heard about the lands west of the great Atlantic Ocean.  Would the United States, originally 13 British colonies, exist as we know it today?  Would Canada, originally British and French colonies as well, exist?  
                History is indeed interesting.

Also, as many are aware, Leif Erikson discovered America 500 years before Christopher Colombus.  Some people say that Bartolom√© de Las Casas, a contemporary of Colombus, would have been a better candidate for a holiday. He is a symbol of justice and human rights in the Americas.

Also I would recommend the book, A People's History of the United States. I read it a few years ago.  Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” In many ways this is true.   Howard Zinn in his book gives a "voice to the voiceless",  but we all have a voice in this post-printing press age.  With the internet, information, and misinformation, can freely flow.  I encourage my readers to study and research to find the answers.  Look into different sides, opposing views if possible.  The truth is not always what it seems, but then again we all have a different perspective.  One shouldn't blatantly disregard official history or education as indoctrination, because it is all perspective.  Just look into the other sides.  Research and question the Why and How.   *Many of my blogs I provide links that are underlined or in a different color. Feel free to start research there.*