Shut Up and Sit Down: Lewis And Clarke - Beautiful But Exhausting Game

Lewis And Clarke - Beautiful But Exhausting Game

Lewis And Clarke lets you run your own expedition into uncharted lands, but it's almost as tiring as actually running an expedition into uncharted lands.

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Columbus did not actually think he was in India. India was in fact known as Hindustan by the western world until the late 18th century. the name actually came from Columbus being bad at Spanish. Columbus, was himself an Italian. he did however, have to report to the king of Spain and chose to do so in poorly written Spanish saying that the natives were a people "in God". Or as he wrote it "in Dio". while the actual origin of the term i pretty impossible to trace, this is probably where it originated from.
All that being said, Columbus did in fact believe at first that he was traveling through various south-Asian countries. he soon realised that they were not belonging to any nation recognized by the Western world and began shamelessly exploiting and killing them as the Spanish would continue to do for centuries afterwards.

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Columbus did not actually think he was in India. India was in fact known as Hindustan by the western world until the late 18th century. the name actually came from Columbus being bad at Spanish. Columbus, was himself an Italian. he did however, have to report to the king of Spain and chose to do so in poorly written Spanish saying that the natives were a people "in God". Or as he wrote it "in Dio". while the actual origin of the term i pretty impossible to trace, this is probably where it originated from.
All that being said, Columbus did in fact believe at first that he was traveling through various south-Asian countries. he soon realised that they were not belonging to any nation recognized by the Western world and began shamelessly exploiting and killing them as the Spanish would continue to do for centuries afterwards.

The important part is really that he honestly believed that he was somewhere in South-Eastern Asia, to which he had atrociously miscalculated the distance. His miscalculations, not any flat-earth nonsense, was why he was initially denied funding by the Portugese, experienced seafarers who correctly surmised that Columbus' supplies would run out a third of the distance to India due to his mistakes. Guess who found a continent a third of the distance to India. And then we have all the genociding and slaving. He really does not deserve a day named after himself.

I absolutely lost it at the mini-rant about BoardGameGeek's Hotness list.

 

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