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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Columbus' Confusion

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

Columbus' Confusion About the New World. Cruising through the Caribbean, enchanted by the beauty and variety of what he saw, Columbus assumed that the strange plants and trees were strange only because he was insufficiently versed in the writings of men who did know them. "I am the saddest man in the world," he wrote, "because I do not recognize them."
The European discovery of America opened possibilities for those with eyes to see. But Columbus was not one of them
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