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Old August 10th, 2017, 04:55 PM   #11
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Back to Columbus; he was--in my humble opinion--the greatest failure in human history. Think about it. He set out with the goal of reaching China, making contact with the Empire of the Great Khan, and retiring in fabulous comfort and wealth. He missed by approximately 12,000 miles, in fact he could not have been any further off without leaving the planet. He failed to realize his mistake, even when other navigators with superior skill attempted to inform him that he had gone the wrong way, and that his math was completely wrong (he estimated that the earth was 16,000 miles in circumference and that there was only 1 ocean--there are actually 4 and the circumference of the globe at the equator is closer to 24,000 miles.) He named an entire race of people after a place and culture which they had never encountered, leaving in his wake a swath of genocide and destruction that in some places reached 90%. He then repeated his blunder 3 more times, never owning up to the reality that he wrong. And in the end, he died penniless and broken, having spent the last years of his life in a Spanish prison. REALLY, could he have done any worse?

What gets me is that it is not like this is new knowlage yet we were taught very differently in the public school system.
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What gets me is that it is not like this is new knowlage yet we were taught very differently in the public school system.
Two things: 1) Textbook writers are hired to make their work palatable, not truthful, because companies like MacMillan have to sell their product to school curriculum committees; 2) Curriculum committee members (and sadly, some teachers) are ignorant of genuine facts. One history textbook in the 1980s was recalled when a savvy history teacher pointed out the Joe McCarthy did NOT lead U.S. military forces in the Korean War, among other glaring mistakes. Yet the book had passed muster with both the publishers and several school committees. That's education in a free-market economy.
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Especially when they write about the history of maritime discoveries.
Is full of myths and lies, so they can sell their books...
For example what was the continent that france holland england discovered. None
Only discovered some islands.
The rest were stolen by these countries, from the Portuguese discoverers and the Spanish conquistadors.
Every American continent was stolen by the Dutch French English
___________ This is the true story _____________________
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Old August 11th, 2017, 03:07 PM   #14
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Especially when they write about the history of maritime discoveries.
Is full of myths and lies, so they can sell their books...
For example what was the continent that france holland england discovered. None
Only discovered some islands.
The rest were stolen by these countries, from the Portuguese discoverers and the Spanish conquistadors.
Every American continent was stolen by the Dutch French English
___________ This is the true story _____________________
Help me understand here. There are only 2 American continents, North and South. North America was shared between Great Britain, France and Spain until the 7 Years War (1756-63) at which time France surrendered all of its North American claims to Britain and Spain. South America, with the exception of 3 small colonies on the Caribbean coast, was entirely Spanish and Portuguese. Did I miss something?
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Two things: 1) Textbook writers are hired to make their work palatable, not truthful, because companies like MacMillan have to sell their product to school curriculum committees; 2) Curriculum committee members (and sadly, some teachers) are ignorant of genuine facts. One history textbook in the 1980s was recalled when a savvy history teacher pointed out the Joe McCarthy did NOT lead U.S. military forces in the Korean War, among other glaring mistakes. Yet the book had passed muster with both the publishers and several school committees. That's education in a free-market economy.
Besides our apparent different opinions on what is a free market economy that is basicly what I had always assumed.
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Help me understand here. There are only 2 American continents, North and South. North America was shared between Great Britain, France and Spain until the 7 Years War (1756-63) at which time France surrendered all of its North American claims to Britain and Spain. South America, with the exception of 3 small colonies on the Caribbean coast, was entirely Spanish and Portuguese. Did I miss something?
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1756-63) at which time France surrendered all of its North American claims to Britain and Spain
Did I miss something?
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Yes, you lost Canada, Quebec. It's North America.
And France forgot to deliver.

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I ask you this question.
Why the English language is not considered Latin?
The English language is 60% Latin and has 30% German

French language is 60% Latin and is considered the Latin language.

The Portuguese Italian Spanish languages have more Latin than the French language.

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I sincerely liked to understand about the English and French languages if both languages speak 60% Latin is considered to be Latin.
Why do I ask?
Where is the mistake. I would like to know
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