Re: OT: Notice of Revocation of Independence
|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
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.
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...