Columbus, New York and Italian Americans

Oct 12, 2013 1070

by Mark Lord

Little could good ol' Chris have known when he set out on that now-famous journey so many years ago that someday he'd have countries and cities, rivers and universities, at least one federal district and a national holiday named after him ... not to mention all the annual parades that commemorate his varied contributions to the world.

Columbus was born in 1451, though the exact date remains in doubt, in what was then known as the Republic of Genoa, today part of northwestern Italy. He became a maritime explorer, navigator and colonizer and had an undeniable impact on the development of the modern western world.

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