Full text: The story of Columbus and the World's Columbian Exposition

  
  
    
   
THE STORY OF COLUMBUS AND THE WORLD’S FAIR. aot 
of that crown. For some time he remained in Seville, from 
1508 to 1512, when he died. During this interval he prepared 
charts, examined pilots, superintended the fitting out of various 
expeditions, and laid out the route for vessels to take in their 
voyages to the New World. He was 4n expert navigator, and a 
man of excellent character, and even though by a strange caprice 
his name was bestowed upon the new continent which had been 
discovered by Columbus, yet it does not appear that Amerigo 
Vespucci himself suggested it, but it seems to have been entirely 
the work of others who wished to pay a oe to his. 
merit. ; 
Columbus is not robbed of his fame, even if his name was. 
not given to this western world. He was its discoverer, and 
Vespucci, Pinzon, Ojeda, Cabot and the entire list, were but 
secondary to him, following in his track, and exploring those 
regions which shis sagacity and perseverance discovered. His. 
glory is never-dying; and the only regret is that he could not 
know that he indeed found a continent as vast as the whole of 
the Old World. And that in the year 1893 millions of people 
would meet to celebrate the birth of a land whose renown will 
go down to latest generations. 
Some slight attempts at fair treatment have been made, as 
when the District of Columbia was named, it was determined 
at that time by poetic writers that Columbia should be the name _ 
of the continent. The capital of South Carolina was chosen with 
reference to the navigator, Columbus. Another fact that should 
 
	        
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