The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Cristobal Colon / Christopher Columbus

Monument to Christopher Columbus (bt. August and October 1451 – May 20, 1506) was a navigator, colonizer, and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean led to general European awareness of the Western Hemisphere and of the American continents within. Though not the first to reach the Americas from Afro-Eurasia — preceded some five-hundred years by Leif Ericson, and perhaps others — Columbus initiated widespread contact between Europeans and indigenous Americans. With his several hapless attempts at establishing a settlement on the island of Hispaniola, he personally initiated the process of Spanish colonization which foreshadowed general European colonization of the "New World". The term Pre-Columbian is sometimes used to refer to the people and cultures of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus and his European successors. [ Wiki. ]

Gracias por su visita / Thanks for visiting.


Anonymous said...

Your photograph is marvelous as usual.

I think it is generous that a statue of the man appears in the capitol city.

Columbus was not what history claims. His treatment of local natives is seldom mentioned.

Carraol said...

Mr. Lincoln, thanks for visiting and yes you're right, all conquerors are cruel with natives all over the world.