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I am an International Man of Mystery - born in Trinidad, raised in New Zealand, and living in Australia. My earliest influences lyrically were those of the Calypsonians of the 1960s, the greatest being old Birdie himself the Mighty Sparrow as well as the joyful songs of The Merrymen. Later in my teens I was struck by the power of words and language from the mercurial pen of Bob Dylan. The first poem I ever wrote was in 1975 at the age of 14 for a class assignment. I copied the lyrics from the Pink Floyd song "Money" and got a great mark from my teacher, Mrs Laird. She congratulated me on my effort and creativity (something I possessed very little of in school) and so I eventually came clean and had to re-write it. She did commend me on my honesty and choice of lyric though and did what good teachers do...engage and encourage. It could have been worse - I nearly chose a Frank Zappa song that would have been highly inappropriate! My poetry is very much like me - a work in progress! I often revisit and revise my catalogue as I grow as a writer and am grateful for any constructive advice. The real writer and talent in my family is my wife who is more an author than a poet, but she is far too sensible to bare her soul to the world. I, however, am not! I love my golf, my cricket and my Rugby League (that's a similar sport to Rugby for all my non-European/Australasian readers) and support Russell Crowe's team, the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys in the Australian NRL (National Rugby League). Go the Bunnies and go the Cowboys!


Blog Posted:1/26/2020 6:25:00 AM




I was having a discussion with my son who is a history buff over a wee dram. When I posed the question who was the first non-indigenous person credited with having discovered America we kinda hit a wall. I was taught at school many years ago now that Columbus discovered the New World which I assumed meant he landed and went ashore somewhere on mainland USA but there seems to be some doubt surrounding that. I know Columbus is credited as the first European to discover islands in the Caribbean (including my own of Trinidad & Tobago on his 3rd voyage) but surely those islands can't be considered the New World? My son suggested perhaps the Vikings (I know they had settlements in Newfoundland) but not in the US. I believe Cortez discovered Mexico and Cartier discovered Canada but did Columbus actually discover mainland USA or not? If so, where did he land? If not, then who did?



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Date: 1/27/2020 6:53:00 AM
Okay, thank you all. I think it's pretty clear Columbus never set foot on US soil or anywhere else on the North American continent other than Honduras and Nicaragua so I guess that is considered the New World. Okay, not fake news but he sure as hell didn't discover America - he discovered the Americas. I shouldn't be surprised at written records - the pages of history are littered with fake news!
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Date: 1/27/2020 2:51:00 AM
Columbus, never set foot on US soil...Ponce de Leon, Florida, circa 1513.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/27/2020 6:31:00 AM
I'd never heard of him but he seems to have as much claim as the next - certainly more than Columbus.
Date: 1/26/2020 7:27:00 PM
It was Arlo Guthrie
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 11:36:00 PM
Will consider all contributions...even this one!
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craig cornish
Date: 1/26/2020 9:27:00 PM
see, who ever said old guys don't know stuff
Date: 1/26/2020 6:56:00 PM
History says Christopher Columbus, but is that an absolute certainty? It's a really difficult question to answer accurately. I do know that America was named after the Italian explorer and navigator, Amerigo Vespucci
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 11:28:00 PM
The mystery continues...
Date: 1/26/2020 6:00:00 PM
this argument could go on and on but what I find really funny is there are a few islands within 90 to 120 miles off the coast of Florida and the people living there never knew there was a land mass which is now called North and South America so close...until some dudes from Europe showed up in a boat...which tends to explain the anthropological mindset of their current group thinking...some believe the Clovis people crossed across from Europe using the ice packs from 12 to 13 thousand years ago...they have found Clovis arrow heads dating from that period in the US and they are the only ones who made this particular arrow head...
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 8:35:00 PM
Yeah, and there's some suggestion the Chinese did as well but it's hard to seperate fact from fiction.
Date: 1/26/2020 5:14:00 PM
I always heard the vikings had come upon it long ago. The Book of Mormon tells a story I'm not sure many are aware of! I think Columbus landed in other parts of the new world. Just saw google, it was the Bahamas. He opened the door to other Europeans of his time exploring the many other parts of the Americas.
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 1/31/2020 7:11:00 PM
Hi Andrea! India didn't exist in was called Hindustan...
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/28/2020 2:54:00 PM
he accidentally stumbled upon it on his way to India, which is why they started referring to native americans as Indians. Whether or not he set foot on Florida (which is near Bahamas) I am not sure. but I suppose that Europeans started getting interest because of his having stumbled onto something that was new to them at that time.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 5:27:00 PM
So did Columbus actually ever set foot in America or did he just prove the existence of a New World for others to explore?
Date: 1/26/2020 5:06:00 PM
I need another dram! I'm still in the dark. Forget about indigenous peoples, that's not my question. Why is Columbus credited as having been the first European to discover America? And what evidence is there to support that claim?
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/26/2020 6:20:00 PM
CC is credited cos he had the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria which was easy for school kids to remember and apparently the Spanish were better at promoting their written history.
Date: 1/26/2020 4:05:00 PM
You don't discover something if you're already there. Discover means to find something by searching or in the process of searching something else. Who owns or has the right to something is a totally separate issue that could actually be argued to infinity without an answer including those called "native". Some sad soul discovered Niagara Falls because he/she was paddling down the wrong river. No one truly knows who was "where" first because prehistoric is exactly that (no one knows). There was no morality in the "survival of the fittest" days and each evolution is no more or less blameless than its predecessor except for our more "civilized" moral conscience - guilt be damned - Eric the Red
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 8:29:00 PM
It seems Cabot landed somewhere on the east coast believed to be in Canada which he claimed for the British crown that sanctioned his expedition.
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craig cornish
Date: 1/26/2020 8:09:00 PM
I already said Cabot
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 5:23:00 PM
Forget the word "discover". Who was the first white dude to set foot on American soil?
Date: 1/26/2020 1:40:00 PM
Keith, I do not know about the USA but in Canada, in my opinion the Aboriginal people discovered Canada, how they actually got here is very fuzzy but they were here long before any European set foot on this so called new land (to steal, and starve them, kill them off with small poxes and put them in reservations where many still live) _Constance
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Dear Heart
Date: 1/26/2020 11:30:00 PM
Agreed, there was killing on both sides, but the Aboriginal first nation people were just trying to save their land, defend their people, and keep the right to hunt and live in peace- just my opinion _Constance
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 5:21:00 PM
All true, Constance, but as my son pointed out, the native tribes used to steal and starve and raid and kill each other as well. It wasn't all peace and harmony before European settlement.
Date: 1/26/2020 11:57:00 AM
John Cabot
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Date: 1/26/2020 10:34:00 AM
wow! Dundee has become an archaeological blogger! I am currently working on a new hypothesis I have submitted in poetry form to the educational institutionalized powers that be...if I get funded, promise you'll come along as my main grave digger? "There once was a Japanese dude, who felt the samurais were so rude, he fashioned a boat, paddled the great moat..He never ran out of seafood!" What do you think? Should we go ahead and take applications for the main paddler? I am very hopeful we will get funded by Japan. They pay better than any other countries out there trying to lay claim to that historical fame. Ok, now back to what I should have been doing until you distracted me! Darn it Flashy!
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/27/2020 10:26:00 AM
lol..why not? It may turn out better than the talking ball I already have atop my atlas..oh well, the best one can hope is the plans become fulfilled :)
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/26/2020 11:48:00 PM
death duties...good grief. Well, now I have to stay alive and plan how to go '6 underground' That was the Sunday Netflix fix. Now I want to play beach volleyball near Castaway Resort ...
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 7:36:00 PM
Seems a bit extreme. Don't you have death duties? The government will tax you whether you are dead or alive. Don't forget to say goodbye before you head off to the South Seas. Funny thing, I was just watching Castaway last night. You're not flying FedEx I hope? Better take a volleyball just in case! Lol
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/26/2020 6:10:00 PM
Ha! You can't be trusted with a paddle lol no shots needed and I'm half-packed but right now getting whacked by taxes!! give me death already!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 5:10:00 PM
Suzie, shouldn't you be gettin your shots and packin? I'd be your paddler anyday.
Date: 1/26/2020 9:22:00 AM
What about Amerigo Vespucci?
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Becca Teagan
Date: 1/27/2020 7:58:00 AM
Thank you for the belated birthday wish, Keith! And yes I agree, I never really understood why Columbus gets the credit, he thought he was in Asia! Hi Tom!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 7:42:00 PM
United States of Amerigo? I've been sayin it wrong all these years.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 1/26/2020 6:59:00 PM
America was named after him, that I do know for sure.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 5:13:00 PM
Hi Becs. Happy belated birthday for two weeks ago. And yes, Vespucci is another to consider but why then does Columbus get all the credit?
Date: 1/26/2020 8:26:00 AM
My son also mentioned that two Spanish conquistadors by the name of Vasquez Coronado and Hernando de Soto can be credited as having led the first expeditions through what is now the United States (up to what is now Kansas and Nebraska) from colonial Mexico in the early 16th century. Any thoughts?
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Date: 1/26/2020 7:45:00 AM
I don't think it was ever "discovered", (just my bizarre personal perspective) - there have been indigenous peoples here since about 40,000 years ago, (evidence gets sketchier from there), so was that population from elsewhere, or do we just lose track then? And if it's referring to "civilization", what exactly defines that word? I'd say it's probably a moot point and beyond any exacting conclusion, but it's ALWAYS fun to conjecture, of course! ;o)
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craig cornish
Date: 1/26/2020 4:07:00 PM
Exactly Greg
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/26/2020 9:48:00 AM
Most scientific evidence (and books) trace humanity back about 40K on this continent, so I guess "discovered" is a matter of perspective. There may have been other cultures who came here via sailing craft in the "modern" age of man, but there were already humans here. Semantics, I guess ... like most things. ;-)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 8:14:00 AM
But the history books tell us different.
Date: 1/26/2020 7:24:00 AM
Modern wisdom (whatever that means nowadays :)) ) holds with the Viking-theory. Those days, it might have been more a case of crop failures due to 'climate changes' which motivated people like the Vikings to look for greener pastures (as they did when they invaded England in waves - even during the Roman occupation). But, when it came to occupation with the eye on plundering ... various countries sponsored the expiditions, eg Raleigh ... ...
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/27/2020 7:16:00 AM
True! News organisations these days aren't journalists - they're activists!
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Echo Sulu Sulu
Date: 1/27/2020 12:42:00 AM
I read the entrails of chickens - much more accurate than the news feeds ...
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 7:40:00 PM
I'm an intellectual too. I read Mad Magazine!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 5:44:00 PM
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Echo Sulu Sulu
Date: 1/26/2020 12:21:00 PM
What about him? He came years later ... The Smithsonian institution has much to answer for. Much have been destroyed so we would never be able to answer your question with accuracy.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 8:04:00 AM
Bravo echo victor sulu! But what about Columbus?
Date: 1/26/2020 7:09:00 AM
The Eskimos, bin there for eternity, and yes to the vikings who were possibly their forefathers. Does seems they are discovering more and more, regarding shifting populous...I will not be surprised if Aliens comes through as an answer, then who can ague with that? Maybe Mr Spock....can throw some light on to the question.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 8:40:00 PM
Yeah, the their pies!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/26/2020 5:16:00 PM
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/26/2020 8:07:00 AM
Yeah but Americans don't celebrate Viking Day!

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