Happy drunk thieving sailor day!

A cartoon about the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

Happy drunken, thieving sailor day!

Today, October 12th, is the day when Christopher Columbus accidentally stumbled across discovered America way back in 1492 (wow, that’s older than that wrinkly old grandmother living next door that smells of cat pee … I think!).

The truth is that on that day he never actually made it to the mainland. No, he had only discovered some Caribbean islands thinking they were some other part of the world even though he was in fact seriously lost.

Unfortunately Chris, as if friends would call him, then hightailed it back to Spain and went squealing to everyone about how much cool stuff there was to steal.

And that is why there is all of this celebrating still going on more than 500 years later.

I’m sure the locals appreciate it. What? They were all wiped out back then? Oh well, more drink for us.

 

Did anything good come out of it apart from the great Caribbean rum?
I’ll leave that for you to answer.

 

Here is the text from the cartoon…

In a seedy pub – somewhere in Spain – August 1492

Christopher Columbus:
Hey, I’ve got a cool idea.
Why don’t we jump on a ship with some ignorant drunken friends, go land on some faraway place by accident, conquer it, steal everything from the natives then infect them with some contagious diseases that wipe them out?

His Mate:
Yeah, sounds like fun. I bet we’d even get called heroes for it too Chris.

 

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2 Responses to “Happy drunk thieving sailor day!”

  1. John Buchanan October 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    There is substantial evidence to suggest that the Americas were discovered by the Chinese in around 1421. Gavin Menzies has written a convincing account in his excellent book 1421.

    • Rob W. October 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

      But didn’t some viking guy called Leif Ericson “discover” it around the year 1000?

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