A week back in Spain, I visited the Christopher Columbus monument in downtown Barcelona by the sea. Cristóbal Colón as he is known by his original name stands tall in a tower at the end of the street of La Rambla. He is supposed to be pointing towards America but the direction is inaccurate.
Two Mondays ago October 9th, it was Columbus Day in America. Though Columbus never discovered America at all. He initially landed in the Bahamas and later went to Haiti. In later trips, he visited Central and Southern America in search of riches in food and gold.
Columbus Day is being slowly relabeled and recognized as Indigenous People’s Day by several US states and Federally as America moves on from the recognition to Columbus as a discoverer. America of course was first settled by the native Americans who are supposed to have walked here through land or over ice between 25,000-12,000 years ago and were followed by the Vikings who sailed here more than 1,000 years back.
A rich global history of events and connections. It is indeed a small world.