Rethinking Columbus on his day

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By The Staff

Christopher Columbus was also known as Cristobal Colon and as Cristoforo Columbo.

I want to tell you something that is not taught in public schools. Nor is this taught even in most Christian schools.

(By the way, did you know that the Santa Maria at 97 feet long was only 27 feet longer than a Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig?)

After five centuries, Columbus remains a mysterious and controversial figure who has been variously described as one of the greatest seamen in history, a genius, a man of faith, a national hero, an administrative failure and a ruthless and greedy imperialist. It all depends on who you talk to.

Columbus' effort to find a westward route to Asia grew out of the practical experience of a long maritime career, as well as out of his considerable knowledge in geographical, cartographical and theological literature. It must also be remembered that this journey to sail, discover new lands and improve commerce with India and the Far East took place on the eve of the Spaniards’ expulsion of the Moors (Muslims) and Jews from Spain and Portugal.

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