Monthly Archives: December 2020

Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 160

In May 1505 he was “a way-worn, melancholy, and neglected man; oppressed more by sorrow than even by his years and infirmities.” As his health sank unto death, Cristóbal Colón was surrounded by only a few faithful friends. I picture … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 159

He “was absolutely suffering a degree of penury” after he’d arrived back in Spain on November 7, 1504. He lived by borrowing. “Yet in the midst of these personal distresses, he was more solicitous for the payment of his seamen … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 158

“Most happy and fortunate were the times when that most daring knight Don Quixote de la Mancha appeared on this earth,” related Miguel de Cervantes, who had happened upon a mouldering document written by Arab historian Cide Hamete Benengeli which … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 157

Nicolás de Ovando, the governor of Hispaniola, twiddled his thumbs upon hearing how Cristóbal Colón and his sailors were desperately marooned in Jamaica. During this time of maroonment (June 24, 1503 – June 29, 1504), Colón wrote a remarkable letter … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 156

It wasn’t exactly a “curse on Spain”, as headlined in The Colorado Daily Chieftain of March 13, 1899. That newspaper’s sub-heading modifies the headline to “Columbus Predicted Disaster to That Heartless Country”. [1] Al Progresso Italo-Americano, a New York City … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 155

After many moons (months), Nicolás de Ovando, governor of Hispaniola, had sent a small ship to Jamaica with a message for Cristóbal Colón: “Frightfully sorry, old chap, but you see I have no vessel of sufficient size for you all. … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 154

In December 1492, from the wreck of the Santa Maria, Fort Navidad had been built. Sailors had volunteered to remain while Cristóbal Colón returned to Spain for reinforcements. On January 4, 1493, the Niña departed Hispaniola, leaving behind the sailor … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 153

In a canoe with native paddlers, Diego Mendez managed to reach the eastern tip of Jamaica. He had to brave the treacherous seas in this tiny craft and carry an S.O.S. message to Hispaniola, at least 160 miles away. [1] … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 152

On December 5, 1502 Cristóbal Colón had reversed course and steered for Veragua, seeking anticipated gold mines there. Terrible tempests and water spouts ensued, driving the mariners to and fro. [1] New light is shed on this incident of the … Continue reading

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Goodbye (Again) Columbus – Part 151

A 1950 Jidaigeki psychological thriller/crime film, Rashomon, is based upon Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s short story, “In a Grove”. “The film is known for a plot device that involves various characters providing subjective, alternative, self-serving, and contradictory versions of the same incident.” … Continue reading

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