“In 1492 Columbus sailed the open blue”

Whenever I think of Christopher Columbus I think of two things. First, his actual un-anglicized name “Cristoforo Columbo” as that how I learned about him and secondly this video.

I think about the woman staring at the camera, hurt in her eyes, saying “evil, pure evil” I cannot fathom her hurt. I cannot fathom the ways that his “discovery” have ruined her life.

I found this particular lecture interesting. I found this sentence particularly potent.

For the Western Hemisphere 1492, is the great dividing line between the pre-colonial, pre-Hispanic, pre-latin America and the colonial and post-colonial periods.

What is most interesting to me is that Columbo’s discovery was a pure accident, that he truly believed that he was elsewhere. But I do not think this makes him innocent, I still believe that although it was in his best interest to convert the people he met to Christianity for his king and queen. The way he went about it was indeed malicious, he still believed that he was better than those he was interacting with, he still gave them broken glass, as presents, he exploited those he interacted, responded to their kind actions with mockery. So, reading his account has not generated sympathy from me, I do not believe him to be blameless because of his time, his self-importance paved the way for the generational propriety of European self-importance, that led Europe to “conquer” the world under the same guise of Christianity that he did. He may not necessarily be a villain, but I see validity in the fact that he is “evil, pure evil”.


Defining the undefinable


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(Taken from http://merx-ip.com/trademark-registrations-in-latin-america/ )

I have always found introductory posts to be somewhat challenging. I say not to sound too pretentious but as a means of trying to explain to you that trying to define oneself is a lot harder than one might imagine.

I could start with my name – which would be to you, Danni, to my parents, Danielle, to my birth certificate Gloria. My intended major, History specializing in International Relations, and why out of all the courses that the University of British Columbia has to offer I chose this one. A simple answer to this question is that I don’t know enough about the continent to confidently tell people I can specialize in the realm of “the international” whilst missing a significant world perspective.

I don’t know if this is good enough for an introduction, but it’s certainly a start. One of the most important takeaways from my first class of Latin American studies is that things are quite hard to describe, just as I struggled to define myself, defining Latin America is not simply black and white, its fluid, its everchanging, its uncertain. We as humans like certainty but even though a lot of history s based on fact, it is also important to note that the story changes with perspective.

You see, I learnt most of my history in England, meaning that if you don’t leave the class with the overwhelmingly smug feeling that Great Britain isn’t simply great, you simply weren’t there. I know that this isn’t true, as I’m sure you do also, dear reader, but at least I’m trying to do something about it.




Countries like Brazil, Columbia and Mexico are just a few of those where drugs have transformed into a key industry and whoever controls those controls the nation.

I thought that this video was really well edited with musical interludes which I feel really moved the videos along. I found the information on “Operation Open Arms” interesting, and how it took place before the world cup and how certain regions do things to cover up things on the world stage. Also about how 97 per cent of investigations by the police aren’t actually investigated. I also find it interesting how it was actually money that came out of the United States that led to the war on drugs, rather than as a few politicians say today a result of an influx of immigrants from Latin American regions. However, I believe that this film was not critical of the surface facts it received, the idea of drugs, especially associated with poorer people is systemic and it is believed for a reason. Whilst the following film looked at Columbus from a variety of perspectives, this film did not focus enough on the root causes of the drug problem.


This film was very interesting, and I found the narrative very compelling, as well as the suspenseful mood music as well as the pictorial slideshow. I found it disturbing how when Christopher Columbus came to the Americas he simply claimed the land as his for his king and queen. I also think it is interesting how Columbus felt that he was superior to the indigenous people of the land simply because he had more clothing on. I wonder if this has any cultural links biblically and this is one of the reasons why he thought he was more heavenly. He also traded them broken glass.