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Re: OT: Notice of Revocation of Independence

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Monday, December 13, 2004, 0:12
# 1 <salut_vous_autre@H...> wrote:

>When Colomb disovered America it was in the region of Cuba and in >South-America...
Can we logically connect Columbus with the naming of America? I'm guite sure he didn't give that name to what he had "discovered." The vikings called it Vinland, IIRC. And who knows what the first immigrants across the Bering Strait called it? Most Americans know that the continents were named after the Italian geographer Amerigo Vespucci. I don't think he did the naming; rather someone else named them after him. Americus is Latin for the Italian Amerigo (or vice versa) which, by the way is Italian for the Hungarian name, Imre, St. Imre, the son of St. Stephen I, first king of Hungary. I'm having a déjà vu with respect to the number of continents. I've been here before on some Yahoo group. Geographers talk about seven continents, a partly arbitrary and historical division. Geologists have a totally different definition. They talk about tectonic plates, in which case there are more than seven. Browse for "tectonic plates" and see where all the plates are. India is a separate one, as is the Arabian Peninsula. P.S. I learned a painful lesson when I was a child from my mother, not to correct the grammar or spelling of others. From being involved in chat rooms and other online sites, I have realized also that it would have been a losing battle. We all make typos, but... Charlie


Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>
Dan Sulani <dansulani@...>Naming Continents