October 12, 2015

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians!  Indians!"  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.


I know it's not politically correct but
Columbus Day is part of my childhood.
It's just a good story.  Like Cinderella.

I did learn in school that he was looking for India.
I also learned that Leif Erikson "discovered"
North America long before Columbus.
Although the day bears his name,
he represents all those explorers who braved the
unknown before him and after.

Columbus was a man of his time.
It was just business.

Just business.  Surprise.
Remember 2011 ... millions of people out of work
because it was just business.

We're really not all that different .... or better.

And in case no one has noticed, history changes
depending on who's telling the story.


Columbus Day

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Christopher Columbus

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