BBC - Travel - The mystery of Columbus?s legacy : History, Seville
Equally murky is the matter of Columbus’s nationality. Theories vary as to whether the voyager was Italian, Spanish, French, Polish, Portuguese… the list goes on. Another 2006 study, carried out by some of the same geneticists who looked into Columbus’s death, sought to use DNA once more to solve this second mystery. The bulk of historical evidence points to Columbus being either Spanish or Italian, so the researchers started there. Since the name Columbus is actually “Colon” in Spanish and “Colombo” in Italian, they gathered DNA samples from hundreds of men with these last names – because both their surnames and their Y chromosomes would be passed down from their fathers.
Why is anyone fighting over this killer anyway? I would hope he was the "other" nationality.
Would a "real" American celebrate Italian-ness or Spanish-ness or Kenyan-ness. Such people have divided loyalties and cannot be proper Americans (with the exception of supporting Israel, THEY'RE troo patriots!)
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
I love holidays, and it isn't about the getting off work either. I like Halloween as much as any other holiday. I like to celebrate things. So what is the issue with just changing it to something less "controversial" and more in what the holiday is already about, celebrating the "discovery" of this part of the world which actually led to most of us being here? It doesn't matter who we accredit that discovery to, only that we recognize that it is why we are here and why our country (since the US is I think the only that celebrates it) grew the way it did.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.