So, Hey, Columbus. That Was A Pretty Big Deal When You Think About It.
Not to get all pro-Western in my biases or anything. And not to indicate ignorance of a half-millenium ornamented by all sorts of awful things.
But I think it’s fair to say that European civilization exporting itself to the Americas — as is symbolized in celebrating the day Columbus’ expedition made landfall in the Caribbean 520 years ago today — is pretty much the biggest and most important thing that has ever happened in recorded human history — agricultural cultivation and domestication of animals having occurred before recorded history.
Am I right? Or are you going to flip back through your Civilization V technology advances, and vote for “the Bessemer process” or “Christianity” or “genetics” or something like that?
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