Just this goy...

Sunday, December 31, 2006

And here's a lovely contradiction...

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, as likeable a Conquistadoré bastard if ever there were one, has parentage remarked as "Little is known about Cabrillo’s early years. Even his nationality is uncertain..." and "His date of birth and parentage are also unknown", but an expert is cited who thinks "he was born of poor parents 'around 1498 or 1500,' and then worked for his keep in the home of a prominent Seville merchant."

But just down the page the article states (with no reference) "Cabrillo, who had started life as a shipbuilder's boy, built and owned the flagship of his venture..."

And then there's the silliness. "Notably, Cabrillo appears to have missed the Golden Gate, San Francisco Bay, and Monterey Bay." In order to discover either of the latter, he would have needed to discover the first.

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