Why Columbus Mattered

DAVID SPADY: “Happy Columbus Day, the day we remember the most consequential explorer of all time! Columbus used his knowledge of the “trade winds” to make the longest voyage ever out of the sight of land, in search of a new sea trade route to Asia after the Turks and North Africa shut down the land routes. Columbus made four trips to the Americas, facing hurricanes, shipwrecks, disease and eventually being arrested by greedy Spanish royals. He died in Spain at age 55. Without Columbus’ commitment to a new level of exploration most thought was impossible, and his bravery to see it through, it would have been years before the New World was discovered, and history may have told a different story. Instead the entire world benefited from the eventual creation of an independent group of united states, operating as a Constitutional Republic, called America. 🇺🇸”



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