PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • asombra: You know what happens to the few foreign journalists who don’t follow the Castro script? The same that will most likely...

  • asombra: “Che” was ultimately a perverse putz absurdly full of himself. It’s just that, if you give a putz enough gas,...

  • asombra: The Congressional Black Caucus and other black American civil rights “champions” will be sure to keep this in mind....

  • asombra: Rock bottom, you say? Au contraire. Still in denial, apparently.

  • asombra: Hillary looks exactly like Nurse Ratched in that photo. Pelosi, of course, looks lobotomized, as well she should.

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

Columbus Day: The story of the guy who was looking for India and discovered “El Indio Hatuey”!

Another year and 25 reasons to remember Columbus, or Colon as we say in Spanish.

One of those reasons is that he set foot in Cuba:

"Columbus and his crew pressed on, landing in Cuba on Oct. 28 and then turning southward—away from Florida and the land of the future United States—and arriving in Hispaniola (Haiti) on December 6. He posted 39 men in a stockade they built, using parts of the Santa Maria as materials after the ship ran aground. Then, with the small stockade built, Columbus and his two remaining ships headed back for Spain in January 1493."

Another reason to remember Columbus is that he managed to keep restless sailors sailing despite no sign of land:

"By October 10, the men sailing with Columbus had not landed anywhere, and had "lost all patience and complained about the length of the voyage," the logbook says. However, Columbus was able to calm the men with promises of profit and reminders that they had come too far to turn back."

Another reason to remember him is that he traveled from Cuba to Venezuela but he was hoping to end up in India:

"The third voyage to the New World left in May 1498 and consisted of six ships. On this third voyage, Columbus focused on finding a strait from Cuba to India, and stopped in Trinidad and Venezuela.

"By August 15, he knew by the great torrents of fresh water flowing into the Gulf of Paria that he had discovered another continent—'another world,'" theEncyclopedia Britannica entry states."

The best reason to remember Columbus is that he died not knowing that we'd be taking about his discovery of The New World 521 years later:

"If Columbus discovered America, he himself didn't know. Until his death he claimed to have landed in Asia, even though most navigators knew he didn't."

Another Columbus Day and another day to remember the guy who landed in Cuba by accident!

He was looking for a path to India and made "El indio Hatuey" a Cuban icon!

 

 

Comments are closed.