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EN el parque del Oeste de Madrid había antiguamente un monumento en recuerdo a los héroes de las guerras coloniales, que fue destruido en la guerra civil; en su lugar se encuentra actualmente el monumento dedicado a Simón Bolívar.

No es el único monumento levantado en su memoria en España, también lo hay en Cádiz, en Sevilla o en Barcelona entre otras localidades. Aun siendo un personaje que luchó contra España, es justo reconocer la importancia que en el proceso histórico hispanoamericano ha tenido, pero siempre y cuando ello no suponga el olvido de los nuestros, aquellos que lucharon y murieron por España.

Y uno de esos personajes es, sin

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Discovery and Colonization of the New World (En versión n. americana)





(1492 - 1763)

© Copyright 2005 Bryan Hardesty. All rights reserved.

(NOTE: The DVD Edition of The American Testimony is available at our store.)


    It is not known how long humans have wandered the expanse of land that came to be known as America.  The earliest identified inhabitants, those now recognized as American Indians, are believed to have entered the North American continent through an icy Siberian passageway that once existed between northeastern Asia and the region now called Alaska. Many archeologists believe Viking ships explored the far northeastern coast of North America around the year 1000 A.D.  In terms of recorded history, the story of the American nation and its culture begins with the 1492 discovery of the

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How Castaway Survivor Alexander Selkirk Inspired the Tale of Robinson Crusoe




How Castaway Survivor Alexander Selkirk Inspired the Tale of Robinson Crusoe

Many people would be familiar with the novel “Robinson Crusoe”, a story written by the 17th/18th century English writer, Daniel Defoe. In the novel, the eponymous character is said to have been stranded on a remote island in the Caribbean for almost 28 years. Defoe’s fictional tale may have been based on true stories of castaways, one of them being Alexander Selkirk, a Scotsman who was also a contemporary of the writer.

Bronze statue of Alexander Selkirk at the site of his original house on Main Street, Lower Largo Fife, Scotland. Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Alexander Selkirk was born in Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland, in the year

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John Cabot's 1497 Voyage & the Limits of Historiography




The Cabot Dilemma:


In 1497,John Cabot (Giovanni Cabotto) set off on a voyage to Asia. On his way he, like Christopher Columbus, ran into an island off the coast of North America. As a result, Cabot became the second European to discover North America, thus laying an English claim which would be followed up only after an interval of over one hundred years. With such an interlude, his voyage seems mainly of academic interest. Although it is true that prior discovery was often used as a justification for colonization,1 the great amount of time between discovery and colonizing reduces Cabots importance to a minimum in this regard. However, this is not at all to say that Cabot was unimportant. In becoming

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Imágenes de Sevilla, Cádiz y Málaga en 1582