El descubrimiento de América por Cristobal Colón -Salvador Dalí, 1959Class, today is Columbus Day.
October 12, 1492.
Five hundred and thirteen years ago today, Christopher Columbus, a supposedly Italian born courageous as hell navigator in service to the Spanish crown landed in our part of the world, and thus began the astonishing transformation, destruction, and upheaval of the Western Hemisphere by European colonists from mainly Spain and other maritime powers for the next three hundred years.
This is truly one of history's most monumental dates! I mean, just think about it. We had native peoples living here, pristine land, water, resources, a bountiful neverending paradise! To this utopia came the white man, in all his smelly horror bringing with him disease, greed, lust, and the Bible!
I always imagine how truly freakin' beautiful and awesome it must've been. Before our now modern fully European way of life. It's weird. We act and live European lifestyles and speak European languages. I sometimes feel as though all these centuries later, we're just programmed robots, with imposed Western Civilization into our brains.
Sadly, our true cultures, that of the Native Americans, have all but been lost.
The debate about the morality and ethics of conquest continues to this day, but it's way too late, obviously.
Steak's so well done, it's pretty much burnt at this point.