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Rehashing History: Christopher Columbus, a man with a plan

Columbus was not the slightest bit offended At King Ferdinand's dismissive sound When he declared the world was round, His was not a plan that very many comprehended. Though the queen, Isabella, thought Chris a fine fella, Her spouse wanted nor hair nor hide of it. "The horizon", he snarled, "marks the edge of the world." But Capt. C. was convinced that the horizon was not the edge of the world and that India was somewhere on the other side of it. "Well, the subject is moot, Spain is broke, we've no loot. Coffers practically bare, no dinero to spare, Such a venture is out of the question. Why not Egypt, or Malta, or Crete, or Gibraltar, Or something cheaper that we can invest in?" As Chris started to go, Isabella cried, "Whoa! Let's dispense with pecunious tomfoolery. Though we've no ready cash for a project so brash, I could hock some, or all, of my joolery." So three ships were anointed, and westward they pointed, And the horizon they bravely set sail for it. But the monarchs soon bailed when Chris' treasure search failed, And to Spain he returned, but no honors he earned. Instead, he was stripped of command and put in jail for it. Later, of course, his accomplishment was plain, And a whole New World was laid open for Spain. No, Columbus wasn't looking for America when he "found" it, He just couldn't seem to navigate three caravels around it. For Columbus Day October 10, 2022

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Date: 10/11/2022 7:06:00 AM
I saw a replica of the La Nina. Amazing how small it is/was. Great poem. :)
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 10/11/2022 11:19:00 AM
Thanks, Linda. They were small, indeed. No wonder the Atlantic and Caribbean storms played such havoc with them.
Date: 10/10/2022 6:05:00 PM
Jim your version was much better to smile and enjoy. Love your history knowledge you shared. Thanks for sharing...
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 10/11/2022 11:20:00 AM
Thanks, Michael. Just enough "knowledge" to get me in trouble with real history buffs, no doubt.
Date: 10/10/2022 4:19:00 PM
I'm not only refreshed by my history lesson through your poem my dear friend Jim but was fed with more great information. I enjoyed this more than my my lesson in school before. I always slept in my history class anyway. :)). Thanks for sharing your awesome poem. God bless you always. Happy Columbus Day!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 10/11/2022 11:21:00 AM
Len, thank you. History was always one of my more enjoyable classes...until I got to college, that is.
Date: 10/10/2022 1:07:00 PM
a delightful retelling of history, jim! i much prefer your version to the one i learned in school!
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Date: 10/10/2022 1:24:00 PM
Thanks, Ilene. It's also one of the main reasons I was never allowed to teach history when I was teaching.