Christopher Columbus discovered America


15th century manuscript featuring Bréanainn of Clonfert (Brendan the Navigator).

 “Christopher Columbus discovered America”

Was that what you were told at school? While I can’t remember EXACTLY how it was phrased when it was told to me at school, the statement above is certainly the impression I got. Who knows, perhaps the wording employed was exactly that.

Anyway, this popped into my head yesterday and my sence of conspiraloonacy has been mulling over it since.

I thought about each part of it. Let me repeat my thoughts here.

“Christopher Columbus”. Of course, being of the late 1400’s (in what today we call Italy), meant his name wasn’t Christopher at all. His proper name was Christophorus Columbus. So why do we not say “Christophorus Columbus discovered America? Is it becasue if the foreign sounding name were allowed to persist, then we would feel a sense of detachment towards it, hence the Anglicised version is used to prevent that ‘hes not one of us’ kind of thought some might entertain? If so, why then is there an effort to stop from distancing outselves from Christophorus?

Next, lets look at the use of the word “discovered”.

If you read about Brendan the Navigator, there is a case to refute Columbus’s claim of being Americas discoverer. We also have stories that there was trade routes between South America and Egypt for example. I think I also heard of stories linking the Aztecs (Southern part of North America – i.e. Mexico) to the Phoenicians, (Lebanon). There are many other stong claims that suggest the title bestowed upon Christophorus is bogus.

The Aztecs were also indigenous, as were the Navajo, Sioux, Cherokee, Apache, Blackfoot and so forth as may well be the case with the Inuit in the Northern part of North America. So the word discovered is complete and utter rubbish. “Discovered” implies nobody had ever come across it before. And this is where the lie that is rammed into your childrens heads becomes sinister, becasue if one believes White European Christian Christophorus did discover it, the logical inference is that White Euro Christians have full claim over that land. subconsciously, the ACTUAL right of the indigenous people as having total claim over their land will not have a place in your mind, neither will the white Europeans subsequent murder, rape, mutilation and enduring oppression upon those people.

Drawing upon the same mind games inherent in “discovered”, use of the word “America” is similarly barbed.  Today, the initial thought of America is the United States of America mainland. A ‘united’ land from Boston to Miami, stretchig to Seattle to Los Angeles. So when the word America is used, it implies that Christophorus, having set foot in one part of “America”, can legitimately calim ALL of that terrority. This again is a dreadful claim. In respect of the mainland, only very small pockets of land were initially occupied by the Europeans, It took many years for them to venture westward, ethnically cleansing the indigenous peoples in the process. And it wasn’t until very late on when the Europeans fought the Mexicans and reached the West Coast of North America.

Is the “Christopher Columbus Discovered America” claim all an innoent mistake? While I would like to think it is, unfortunate experience cautions me sufficiently enough not to answer Yes to that question.

Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact (wikipedia) 

P.S. -I know those references are single source, but I’m not going kill over 1m people so single source here is OK.

UPDATE: Further reading:
Columbus exposed as iron-fisted tyrant who tortured his slaves.
By Graham Keeley in Barcelona
07/22/06 “The Independent”



3 Responses to “Christopher Columbus discovered America”

  1. 1 Anonymous October 15, 2008 at 1:11 am

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  2. 2 lwtc247 October 15, 2008 at 3:33 am

    Thank you for the feedback and please forgive the error. I’ll made correctons. Thanks.

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