This day in history May 10, 2019
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Started by metmike - May 10, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

Learn about history..........pick an interesting one.

1503Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there.

1997 – The 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake strikes Iran's Khorasan Province, killing 1,567, injuring over 2,300, leaving 50,000 homeless, and damaging or destroying over 15,000 homes.

By carlberky - May 10, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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1497Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.

Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator, and cartographer who was born in the Republic of Florence. Sailing for Portugal around 1501-1502, Vespucci demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies were not Asia's eastern outskirts (as initially conjectured from Columbus' voyages) but a separate, unexplored land mass colloquially known as the New World. It came to be called "the Americas", a name derived from Americus (the Latin version of Vespucci's first name).

Amerigo Vespucci ... the reason we are not known as the United States of Columbia.