Monday, October 10, 2011

La Pinta...

October 12, 1492, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Juan Rodriguez Bermeo discovered America from the deck of the Pinta.

They celebrate him in Spain...just kidding, the street this photo was taken on is named after him, or maybe somebody with the same name as him?

...well, it was probably the Bahamas, and Columbus claims he saw it at 10:00 p.m. on the 11th, and he called it San Salvador - which is now in Central America, but he thought he was near the East Indies.

Columbus had obtained the title "Admiral of the Seas" from the King and Queen of Spain, while Juan Rodriguez Bermeo had obtained the title  Rodrigo de Triana (which is like saying Bob from Triana)...

...oh yah, the King and Queen offered a lifetime pension to the person who first saw land, so, seeing land 4 hours earlier, technically Columbus did discover America, or the Bahamas, and well... we celebrate Columbus Day!

Columbus's Map

BTW - since Columbus was arguing that he discovered a quick route to the East Indies and not a new continent, Amerigo Vespucci got to name the place. 

1 comment:

LL said...

Those intrepid Italians.