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#252166 - 10/08/07 12:28 PM In Fourteen hundred ninety-two...
Leah-Ann Offline
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Despite the politics of the situation, Columbus Day is considered a holiday in many parts of the US. Who am I to argue with a day off? laugh

So, what's your latest discovery?
I can never remember which is better . . . safe? . . . or sorry?

#252170 - 10/08/07 02:27 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: Leah-Ann]
Bobber Offline
OK, who gets Columbus day off? A show of hands please, you slackers. smile
Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt

#252180 - 10/08/07 04:04 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: Bobber]
elbert Offline
I've heard he had red hair and was a terror of murder, rape and pillage.
It still amazes me we celebrate this awful person as a holiday in the Caribbean.
but a day off is a day off I suppose.
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#252185 - 10/08/07 05:22 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: elbert]
Leah-Ann Offline
Elbert, I've read the same - and worse.

Nevertheless, Bobber, me, me, me - I'm slacking!! laugh
I can never remember which is better . . . safe? . . . or sorry?

#252186 - 10/08/07 05:25 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: elbert]
SimonB Offline
If Columbus isn't your taste you can always celebrate Leif Ericson Day tomorrow instead.

#252187 - 10/08/07 05:27 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: SimonB]
KC Jayhawk Offline
I'll wait until November 19th and celebrate Garifuna Day on AC!! grin
When you find a big kettle of crazy, it's best not to stir it.

#252188 - 10/08/07 05:29 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: SimonB]
Bobber Offline
OK, Leah-Ann, enjoy your slackness.

I did discover something this weekend. My wife's memory is failing. Can you believe that she sent me shopping and forgot to staple the shopping list to my forehead?

This also reminded me of when we pulled into Virgin Gorda, and were told that the island reminded Columbus of a fat virgin, hence the name. For those of you who have spent any time at sea, ANYTHING reminds you of a virgin of any sort. smile
Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt

#252197 - 10/08/07 06:01 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: Bobber]
LaurieMar Offline
Don't know why in the world Columbus would ever want to leave Spain! LOL A statue of him and one of his ships in a beautiful park in Seville was stunning. Hey, isn't it now called Indigenous People's Day? Or is that some other federal holiday?

#252198 - 10/08/07 06:04 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: LaurieMar]
SP Daily Offline
Discoverers' Day. The second Monday in October shall be known as Discoverers' Day, in recognition of the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands

#252201 - 10/08/07 06:13 PM Re: In Fourteen hundred ninety-two... [Re: SP Daily]
Leah-Ann Offline
LaurieMar - that is a great statue! I loved seeing the list of names of every sailor on the three ships - had no idea that had been preserved in history!

As for the name of the holiday, it's still specified under United States Federal law as Columbus Day - no idea what other countries call it.
I can never remember which is better . . . safe? . . . or sorry?

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