From beginning to end, Irving demolishes the credibility of the myth, with things such as the invention of the historian Knickerbocker to the judge. Irving points out the flaws that exist in America through the use of Rip. When he does not recognize himself this is synonymous with America’s inability to recognize or define themselves. The society is not in harmony with its thought’s and action’s which disillusions the purpose of the myth giving them a sense of identity. Irving plays off of various inspirations and his character Rip undergoes the typical heroic journey.
He never set foot in North America. What's more, he insisted until the day he died that he had found his way to Asia (his original destination), not found a place unknown to Europeans. That's just one issue with the story of America's origins. In 1492, Christopher Columbus departed from Spain, intending to a shorter route to Asia, legendary for their precious spices and gold. Instead, he would disembark in the Bahamas, and breathe his last breath oblivious of his mistake.
Although the natives lead different lives than the stereotypical Christian American citizen, it does not give the United States government the right to strip them of their homeland and resources. The aborigines have a vast set of lore that many of are unaware of. It is wrong of Jackson to assume that one must be Christian in order to be civilized. Jackson claims that the natives, upon settling westward, will have access to countless benefits provided by the government. However, disregarding the natives’ religion, culture, and way of life does exactly the opposite.
Santa Cruz, the original leader of the planned Armada, had died earlier in 1588. The plan was to sail to Calais. There they would meet with the Duke of Parma and his 30,000 soldiers. Duke of Parma had ordered the construction of flat-bottomed barges that were to be used to transport his troops across the channel in order to invade England. Medina order were not to enter any English ports before he had succeeded in meeting up with Parma.
My book report for December is on The Swiss Family Robinson, by J.D. Wyss. This book takes place on an island somewhere in the East Indies. The time of the events in the book is never mentioned once. In The Swiss Family Robinson, a family is stranded on an island after their ship wrecks.
Columbus did sail through the Bermuda Triangle and he saw One of the first disappearances that people took notice to was the USS Cyclops. In 1918, the ship was supposed to sail from Bahia, Salvador to Baltimore, Maryland for the US Navy during World War I. The ship stopped at the island of Barbados to pick up more supplies, but never made it to Chesapeake Bay. No SOS calls were sent out, and the remains of the ship and the 306 passengers and crew are yet to be found. Another disappearance that people heard about was Flight 19.
According to Loewen, few textbooks explained how Columbus was involved in the slavery and the exploitation of Indians. Another error that we have learned in schools about Columbus is that he was the first person to “discover” America. However, this is an error because people from other continents had already reached America before 1492. In fact, we forget
Dry September is a short story written by one of America’s most famous and influential authors, William Faulkner. He lived from 1897 – 1962. He spent most of his life in New Albany and Oxford, Mississippi. He wanted to join the United States Army, but this turned out to be impossible, due to his height. Records demonstrate that he was never part of the Canadian Air Force in WWI, as he claimed.
In 2008 a plane crashed into the Bermuda triangle also. Bermuda Attractions says, “A Britten-Norman Islander (also known as 3-engine Trislander) took off from Santiago for New York on December 15, 2008 at around 3:30pm with 12 persons on board. After about 35 minutes from take off, the aircraft fell off the radar. A massive search operation was launched by US Coast Guards, but the aircraft was never traced again. Its last known location was about 4 miles west of West Caicos Island...” (www.bermuda-attractions.com).
(We couldn’t find the date when he was born) What nation did Vasco da Gama sail for? Who financed his voyages? He tried and succeeded to find a sailing route to the south east of Asia. He was the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to the South east of Asia. But maybe he would never find that route if the King of Portugal didn’t gave him a fleet of ships and told him to find a trade route around Africa to the south east of India.