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Posted By: MIKWONDO IN 1492 - 10/10/06 06:15 AM
In fourteen hundred ninety two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

Indians! Indians! Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas ,and it was hot.

The Arakawa Natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home as he,d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No not quite.
But Columbus was brave , and he was bright.
smile
Posted By: AZAS Re: IN 1492 - 10/10/06 12:41 PM
Columbus continually denied that he found a "new continent"... always professed he landed somewhere in the Far East (Indonesia, Japan etc...).
Posted By: Spenser23 Re: IN 1492 - 10/10/06 04:42 PM
While Columbus was distracted by Charo singing Kootchey, Kootchey,

They went and named the land mass after Americus Vespucci.


Spenser23
Posted By: Rob H Re: IN 1492 - 10/10/06 06:49 PM
That was Amerigo Vespucci, Spens.

GOTCHA!

Yay! I knew something Spenser didn't!!!

Yay ME!!!

:p

Rob
Posted By: lizzielaroo Re: IN 1492 - 10/10/06 06:50 PM
I know I am a spoil sport but:

Colombus killed hundreds of the "Indians" he discovered. He raped the women, killed the men, and enslaved most if not all of them.

Not such a hero after all.

On a lighter note...ah...I got nothin. Forgive me for my sad post. I was shocked when I learned of the truth.

Hope everyone is still having a good day even though I ruined it. :rolleyes:
Posted By: Beth L Re: IN 1492 - 10/11/06 12:49 AM
Lizzie! Don't you dare apologize for your post. I call "Columbus Day" .... "Native American Memorial Day". I was thinking the same exact thing, just didn't post it...so I agree with you a 1,000 percent! It was the beginning of the Native American Holocaust!

Beth
Posted By: MIKWONDO Re: IN 1492 - 10/11/06 02:07 AM
I did not know ole Columbus was that mean,I thought most of that happened in the latter part of the 1800s.I don,t dispute it though, there are a lot of things that have been kept out of history books.Does that give me as having
American Native blood the right to give him a close haircut? I,ll forgive him I have too many other things to deal with right now.
Mike smile
Posted By: lizzielaroo Re: IN 1492 - 10/11/06 06:52 PM
Mike-

Trim away!!
Posted By: lizzielaroo Re: IN 1492 - 10/11/06 06:52 PM
oops, I meant MIK. Sorry.
Posted By: Spenser23 Re: IN 1492 - 10/11/06 09:11 PM
Lizzie, no need for apologies. The truth hurts sometimes. I agree with you that his "discovery" for the indigenous people was, and is, nothing to celebrate, it was a crime.

Rob, as you'll see by this link, spelling in those days was inexact, and he was also known by Americus.

http://library.thinkquest.org/4034/vespucci.html


Spenser23
Posted By: Rob H Re: IN 1492 - 10/11/06 11:03 PM
:p
Posted By: mariposa Re: IN 1492 - 10/12/06 04:19 AM
So this is really Vespucciland? Well, when you think about it, it's kinda catchy smile
Posted By: Spenser23 Re: IN 1492 - 10/12/06 05:18 AM
According to comedian Stan Freberg, that is correct; Vespucciland. laugh

(On his comedy album from the Sixties entitled, Stan Freberg presents the United States of America. Part 1. The Early years.)

http://www.holeintheweb.com/drp/bhd/Stanfreberg2.htm

Spenser23
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