03 August 2008
An August 3 Celebration
Let's see. About, oh, 516 years ago today, a fellow by the name of Cristoforo Colombu (or Christopher Columbus to us Anglophones) departed Portugal on his first voyage to what would turn out to be the Americas. Not that he was the first person to site the Americas, nor even the first European to do so, nor even did he realize he'd landed someplace that was not actually Asia. But he was indeed the first European to deliberately sail west from Europe with the goal of bumping into land and actually succeed at doing so, and he initiated modern trans-Atlantic travel. Think of it as an advance Columbus Day, and celebrate it however you would like. Why not look at some old maps for a while?