Christopher Columbus and theSaints

Christopher Columbus and theSaints


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Christopher Columbus was Catholic and received the Holy Communion before his voyage.
Around Thanksgiving Americans remember in particular the foods that Native Americans shared that we use today. Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, and opened up new worlds of food.
Columbus had been careful to load his ships with all manner of products of the newly discovered countries and he also took some of the natives. Whether, among the samples of the vegetable kingdom, tobacco was included, is not yet satisfactorily ascertained. Nor is it certain that, when upon his return he presented himself to the monarchs at Barcelona, an imposing 'public demonstration took place in his honor. That he was received with due distinction at court and that he displayed the proofs of his discovery can not be doubted. The best evidence of the high appreciation of the King and Queen of Spain is the fact, that the prerogatives granted to him were confirmed, and everything possible was done to enable him to continue his explorations. The fact that Columbus had found a country that appeared to be rich in precious metals was of the utmost importance. Spain was poor, having been robbed, ages before, of its metallic wealth by the Romans. As gold was needed the discovery of a new source of that precious metal made a strong impression on the people of Spain, and a rush to the new regions was inevitable.
Columbus started on his second voyage to the Indies from Cadiz, September 25, 1493, with three large vessels and thirteen caravels, carrying in all about 1500 men. On his first trip he had heard about other, smaller islands lying some distance south of Hispaniola, and said to be inhabited by ferocious tribes who had the advantage over the Arawaks of being intrepid seafarers, and who made constant war upon the inhabitants of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas, carrying off women and children into captivity. They were believed to practice cannibalism. These were the Caribs (q.v.) and the reports about them were true, outside of some exaggerations and fables like the story of the Amazons. Previous to the arrival of Columbus the Caribs had driven the Arawaks steadily north, depopulated some of the smaller islands, and were sorely pressing the people of Hispaniola, parts of Cuba, Porto Rico, and even Jamaica. Columbus wished to learn more about these people. The help-less condition of the Arawaks made him eager to protect them against their enemies. The first land sighted, November 3, was the island now known as Dominica, and almost at the same time that of Marie Galante was descried. Geographically the second voyage resulted in the discovery of the Caribbean Islands (including the French Antilles), Jamaica, and minor groups.
Columbus having obtained conclusive evidence of the ferocious customs of the Caribs, regarded them as dangerous to the settlements he proposed to make among the Arawaks and as obstacles to the Christianization and civilization of these Indians. The latter he intended to make use of as laborers, as he soon perceived that for some time to come European settlers would be too few in numbers and too new to the climate to take advantage of the resources of the island.
FOODS were brought back to Europe, particularly Spain and Portugal. The list is long and includes tomatoes, melons, potatoes, chilies, green peppers, corn, sweet potatoes, avocados, peanuts, sunflower seeds, beans, squash, onions, and chocolate

When Junípero Serra was 36, he left the island of Mallorca to be a missionary in the New World, traveling 8000 miles from Mallorca. He would never see his family or homeland again.Living a saintly life doesn't make a person less human. We all have certain foods or dishes, often referred as "comfort food" that bring us back to home, ch

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BN ID: 2940151070522
Publisher: M.M.Snyder
Publication date: 10/12/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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The Italians are not the only ones that honor St. Joseph. In Valencia, Spain, there is festival for St. Joseph, from March 13-19. Here is a recipe to include during that celebration:
Shell and cook shrimp and mussels.
Save 3 cups of liquid. Paella is cooked in a heavy iron pot with a round bottom, called paellera. Any heavy pot with a tight cover may be substituted.
Brown chicken, pork, and onions in 1/3 cup of olive oil, add tomato and garlic. Mix well. Add rice and fry for 2 or 3 minutes. Add seafood and raw eel, beans, peas, artichokes, red peppers. Pour the 3 cups of seafood liquid over mixture and bring to boil. Add bay leaf, salt, pepper, and saffron.
Cook over a brisk fire for 5 minutes, mixing frequently. Lower flame, cover pot, and simmer gently for about 15-18 minutes or until rice absorbs the liquid and is quite dry. If baked, let cook in oven for 45 minutes. Serve with additional red peppers on top.
Recipe Source: Festive Recipes and Festival Menus by Sula Benet, Abelard-Schuman Limited, 1


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