The discovery and conquest of new worlds has always been a two-sided doubloon. Whether one’s culture views Columbus as a daring, intrepid explorer pioneering new voyages of commerce and trade, or a destroyer of worlds, one thing is clear: he was the first to establish permanent contact between old-world nations and the new world’s native, first peoples. Today, with the Columbus Day holiday, we commemorate Columbus’ expedition to the new world and the Columbian exchange that changed the world forever.
Imagine all of the drama if we discovered aliens in outer space or they discovered us. A possible positive outcome would be the exchange of ideas, tools, foods, plants, animals, and means of transportation, energy and building materials. This and more were the outcome of the great Columbian exchange.
Today, it’s difficult to imagine life without the items Columbus brought back in his four historic voyages. First was corn, a super grain to feed cattle and the world. Imagine food without chili peppers and hot curries. No tomatoes for pasta, pizza or ketchup. No beans for chili, no turkey for Thanksgiving and no pumpkin pie, either. We would be without potatoes and have no vanilla for ice cream and no popcorn for the movies. All transportation and manufacturing would cease because tires, tubes, gaskets wouldn’t exist without rubber. No peanuts, no bourbon whiskey, no pineapple and perhaps worst of all, no chocolate.
Even today, the discoveries continue with tropical fruits and medicinal plants from the rainforest, still being encountered 521 years after voyage.
Thanks to Don Cristobal Colón and the intrepid explorers who followed, today little of Earth’s surface outside of Antartica remains undiscovered. Whether you’re an ambitious bushwhacker or one who prefers to stay on the sidewalk, you can track your travel adventures using personalized maps. These maps come with color-coded pins and flags that let you chart your domestic trips, excursions to foreign countries, or even pilgrimages to historic baseball stadiums and golf courses.
And thanks to modern technology, navigating in a foreign land is simpler than ever with devices such as The GPS Homing Device