I have no problem, notwithstanding my native American heritage, recognizing a historical figure who contributed in a way to the development of who we are. Every schoolchild used to learn that this Italian sailor under the auspices of a Spanish ruler set out to find a west-bound route to the Far East and failed completely. But serendipity nevertheless bestowed fame upon this man.
Controversy regarding his achievements and what they mean rages now and will doubtless continue to do so for generations to come.
517 years ago today, it is asserted, this mariner landed in the Western Hemisphere. And the rest is history, whatever the interpretation thereof may be.
Cristobal Colon, Spanish Admiral of the Oceans c. 1451 - 1506 RIP
Posthumus portrait by Ghirlandaio
[Happy Birthday, son-in-law Martin]