This day, known as Columbus Day in the United States is celebratesd as well in countries around the world. The way people name this celebration varies: El Día de la Hispanidad, in Spain, also National Festivity, or the Cultural Diversity Day, in Argentina, The Giornata Nazionale di Cristopher Columbus, in Italy, Day of the Race in many spanish speaking countries of America.
Who is to blame of such explosion amusement around the world?
Christopher Columbus is. However, he couldn't have made is, not even close, without the inestimate help of the Queen Elisabeth (or Isabel) of Castile, in Spain. She provided him with the money and the supplies he needed for...
Christopher Columbus was born in… Where?
The truth is that many locations pretend to hold the
priviledge of being Columbus mother land. Places like Galicia, Catalonia,
Portugal claim to have the rights over his procedence but during the XX century
Geneve has been tought as his place of birth in 1451.
However, the big event that changed his life forever was to
meet the Queen of Castille, who believed in him and his goals to broaden the
Spanish limits. Thanks to her unconditional help Columbus could achieve his
Palos port, Spain, 1942. Columbus begins a journey that was
meant to change the history of the modern world and the expansión of Europe. The three ships: La Pinta, La Niña and La
Santa María sailed away towards India in their search for godos. Little the
knew they were going to find America in the way.
Then weeks later, on October 12, 1942, the sailor in charge
in La Pinta sighted land. After a long journey they arrived at San Salvador. No
doubt on why the Bahamian island was named Saint Savior. The island already had
a native name: Guanahaní.
Although many can see something dark about invasions and
slavery, and see no reason celebrate Columbus day, nowadays, we don’t set the
spotlight over this episode but over the means of peace and unity among
countries separated by the vast ocean.
And as usual, we gather toguether around Columbus Day food,
maybe around a nice bbq with neighbours or friends. Besides the traditional Columbus
day recipes based mainly in italian food, and early american food, we will
include some spanish recipes to give credit to Elisabeth and Ferdinand, queen
and King of Spain at that time who made it all happen.