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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Columbus leaves to discover?

On this day in history, Christopher Columbus, departed from Palos de la Frontera, with three ships the Santa Maria, the Nina, and the Pinta.
As with all great adventures what was the plan and what actually happened were two different things.  The plan was to find a shorter more direct route to the Far East to more effectively trade but cutting down the time of the trip.  It was only seven years earlier that sailors were taking ships around the bottom of Africa and traversing the globe by sea for trade purposes and establishing colonies.
What happened?  What they teach children in school is that Columbus discovered America!
WRONG!
Do you realized what an eye opening experience it was for me when I started reading history books in my thirties and realizing that what little education I did manage to get over the years was mostly wrong!  Besides having horrendous English skills, manageable math skills, most of what I thought happened in the world and why things are the way they are, was all wrong!
I seriously can't wait for my sons to come home from school and start spouting the propaganda that they teach in schools!  I will show them what books are!  I will show them how to read and discover stuff on their own.  I will show them that not everything you learn in school is absolutely the truth and how in most cases you need to dig a little deeper to find the truth.  I will teach them to think and ask questions.  God Forbid!  Free Thinkers at a young age!
I was almost forty before I abandoned most of the bull from school and had a fairly decent idea of history.  I was forty-four before I began writing, and my English skills still suck at best.
Columbus and his ships made land in the Bahamas archipelago!  The people of the day knew he didn't discover America and go figure it isn't called Columbus!
Class is dismissed.

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