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    Quote Originally Posted by Karolvs View Post
    Strange, if Columbus is the one and only true "discoverer" of America, then why is it America? After Amerigo Vespucci?
    You didn't click the link?
    Hmmmm, again, it is an example of giving credit where credit is not due. And I take issue with the Idea that Columbus' trip is what led to a permanent settlement of English 117 years later. After all, Columbus did lead to the settlement of the outlying islands, of South America, of Mexico, and eventually, maybe Florida's settlement can be attributed to him, however, not the English settlements of the east coast that came a full 100 years after him. So come on, quit trying to argue just for arguments sake. If Columbus opened the "floodgates" as you say, then it would have happened a long time before it did.
    John Cabot made "official voyages" on behalf of King Henry VII immediately after the Columbus "discovery". Before the end of the 1400s there were English fisheries establish in Newfoundland. The English had a continuous presence in North America from the 1490s onward, though it was only in 1607 that the first successful permanent year-round settlement (as opposed to seasonal camps disbanded when the fleets returned to England for the winter) was established.

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    It should probably be pointed out that Columbus Day is not a big deal here anyway. I only heard it mentioned twice today, both in passing, and one of them ironically.

    That's why I say it's trivial to worry over it. Nobody takes this "holiday" seriously, let alone celebrates it as some sort of American Latin heritage event, except for maybe a few unaware Italians.

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