On Columbus Day we again experienced a day with no delivery of mail.

I have never been able to figure out what the U.S. Postal Service has to do with an Italian taking an ocean voyage so many years ago.

I know there was no mail service on that day in 1492 but is that the reason we have to be inconvenienced today?

And besides, there is a faction that does not believe that Columbus was the first to set foot on our shores in the first place. 

Think of poor Leif Ericson.  Around the year 1000 he supposedly landed at a spot known as Vinland .  It is unclear just exactly where that was but could have been New England or Newfoundland .  I love that name… New Found Land .  Why didn’t we stick with that nomenclature?

Poor Leif did not keep documents recording his discovery so that is why we don’t have a Leif Ericson Day. 

I recall a poem from my youth that helped us remember when Columbus sailed the ocean blue: 

Columbus discovered America

Back in 1492

But I discovered something better

When I discovered you.

It just does not have the same ring to it when you say the year 1000.

Ericson’s discovery did not result in a lot of followers who thought it was a good idea to leave the home country.

Actually it took quite some time before a permanent group settled here.  It was in 1607 when Jamestown , Virginia , became our first colony.  It was named after King James I of England .  See? No mention of an Italian.

Unfortunately, all was not well there either because in the 17th century, an uprising against the governor resulted in it being destroyed.

It took some years later for some malcontents, known as Pilgrims and Puritans,

seeking religious freedom, to hop onto some leaky vessels, in 1620 and 1630 to settle here.  And, as the saying, goes, the rest is history.  

I doubt that anyone even remembered two guys by the name of Columbus or Ericson by that time.

Keep that in mind the next time someone else takes credit for something you did.   

 

 

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