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2017-10-05

A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

On August 2, 1492, Columbus (born in Genoa, Italy, son of a wool merchant and weaver and first went to sea at the age of 14) set sail in search of the East Indies.
Can you imagine the thrill of excitement and glorious feeling which must have swept over Columbus and his fellow-voyagers when, at last, they saw land of the distant horizon?
We all know that Columbus did not reach his objective. Ironically, he never
knew the extent of the land he discovered. He expected to find a passage to India
. . . instead he discovered a mighty continent . . . a new world . . . stretching from Arctic to Antarctic . . . bounded by the waters of four great oceans.
We now know that men from at least seven nations touched upon the shores
of America before Columbus was even born.
Yet does it really matter whether he was the first to reach our shores? Don't
we all feel as did Mark Twain, when he commented: "When Columbus discovered
America, it stayed Discovered!"