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The Italian of the Year Award

Christoforo Columbo

Christoforo Columbo (Latinized to Christopher Columbus), arrived in Watling Island in the Bahamas. He originally set out to find a new trade route to India, and he first believed that he had he had found Asia. The world was still thought to be flat at that time and even his crew attempted mutiny when the trip went longer than planned and they were running short of food. He had left on August 3rd with 3 ships containing 120 men, the Pinta, the Nina, and the flagship Santa Maria.

Columbus sailed under the flag of Spain since his native Italy thought he was insane. Today both the Spanish and the Italians take credit for the celebration of his name, though they had previously thought him to be a crazy fool.

Christopher Columbus Links: Man, Myth, Controversy
> Mummies' Secret: Ills Not All Columbus' Fault
> America Before Columbus
> Justice & Democracy Served by Celebrating Our Heritage
> Positive Articles on Columbus Day
> President Bush's Speech: Signing of Columbus Day Proclamation
> Man Who Bashed Satute of Columbus Gets Jail Term
> Columbus Events' New Focus: Mourning Opponents Say They Won't Rule Out Protests
> State Overrules Indian Panel on Bid to Kill Columbus Day
> Columbus Boycott Planned
> Columbus Distorted, Exaggerated & Lied About
> Columbus-Bashing Crowd Wants Big Turnout or March
> Compromise Offered for Columbus Day
> The (Alleged) Crimes of Christopher Columbus (& Western Civilization)

> Why Does Urbana Dis Chris Columbus?
> Columbus Bashing - San Jose City Hall Statue Destroyed
> Columbus Day To Be Shared with American Indians in Alabama

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