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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!

 

 

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