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What Am I Thinking: How Many People Who Visit ‘Maine’ WONDER Where The Name Comes From?

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, I started THINKING about it on my last trip to Maine, last week.

Yes, in the past it had briefly crossed my mind & I think I kind of assumed that it had to do with ‘MAIN’ — in some form.

But, the other day I really wanted to make sure. So, I went looking.

As you can see from the image above that there are NOW 3 theories. I, however, favor #2 — the French connection.

What do YOU think?

I am GLAD I found the Wikipedia entry. Otherwise I would have wasted my time putting that list together — when I do have other things to do.


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Christopher Columbus Sighted The ‘New World’ For The First Time, This Day, 525-Years Ago — For Better Or For Worse.

by Anura Guruge


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Changed the world, indubitably and irrevocably — for better or for worse.

So, today, October 12, is the real ‘Columbus Day‘ — though it should always be understood and appreciated that Christopher never set foot in North America, let alone the U.S.!

He set out, on this first voyage, on August 3, 1492. So they were quite literally ‘at sea’ for 70-days before spotting land.


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The British Captured ‘The Rock Of Gibraltar’ This Day 313-Years Ago From ; August 4, 1704, From Spain.

by Anura Guruge



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Claims that the capture took place on August 3, 1704 are one day OUT! The battle for ‘The Rock‘ started August 3 but the Spanish garrison did not capitulate until the next day, i.e., August 4.

Also note that it was NOT a straightforward British conquest as is often assumed. To start with it was a British-Dutch fleet that captured it and it was done on behalf of Austria!

Britain did not get ‘Gib’ did 9 years later, in 1713.


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Christopher Columbus Set Off On His First Transatlantic Voyage This Day 525-Years Ago; August 3, 1492, From Spain.

by Anura Guruge


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525 years ago! Wow. Quite sobering to think about that.

His first voyage never made it to MAINLAND America — North, South or Central! Many tend to forget that. Neither did his second voyage. And note that he never made it to North or South America — which is why they are called ‘America’ rather than ‘Columbia’ (or equivalent).


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