573 Magazine Nov 2017 - Page 19

The most dramatic rise in human history was when explorers in the 15th century began sailing and charting the world.  It was just a matter of technology and time.  It just happened to fall on Spain to deliver the right explorer.  In 1492, Christopher Columbus set out from Spain to find a faster route to China, but instead he discovered the so-called New World.  It was isolated and technologically behind the rest of the world by 500 to 1000 years with little written language, rampant human slavery, and constant territorial warfare.  Some say it was a paradise destroyed.  Others say it brought the Americas out of the Stone Age.  One thing is for sure, there was no stopping it.  And either way, it all gets blamed on one man: Christopher Columbus.  That all being said, whether you are for or against the idea of Columbus, the truth is he did stumble upon a new world for the Hispanic nation of Spain.  Early Americans explored and migrated to North America from Asia 10,000 years ago before becoming cut off from advances in technology and isolated due to global warming and the flooding of the Bering Sea land bridge.  And just as first Americans had the desire to explore in their genes, more technologically advanced humans would find and exploit them.   People try to make it more complicated than that, but is it?   Maybe it’s the same reason bubbles are round.  I’m going to let you think about that for a while.   We’ll let the politics of all this fall to others.