Columbus: All You Need to Know

Columbus was brave, brave to the point of insanity.

Columbus had shopped his plan of a western route to India all over Europe before he tried Spain. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel finally agreed to give him a small grant in a moment of exultation as they were a waging a successful war against the last Muslim kingdom in Spain.

Europeans of the end of the fifteenth century knew full well the Earth was more or less a sphere. They were wrong, very wrong about how big it was, however.

Columbus was not a sweetheart.

The Caribs and also the Aztecs whom his Spaniards conquered ate people*, the Spaniards did not (at least, not ordinarily).

 

* I am not judgmental myself. I blame a largely vegetarian diet. Watch out!

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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