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Post Is Remembering Magellan Politically Correct?
Created by John Eipper on 10/19/20 2:40 PM

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Is Remembering Magellan Politically Correct? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/19/20 2:40 pm)

Let me congratulate Silvia Ribelles on her post!

However is it politically correct?

JE comments: Probably not, Eugenio, as Magellan evokes imperialism and several other unsavory "isms."  It was 500 years ago tomorrow (October 21st) that Magellan entered the Straits (not yet named for him; imagine that).  He emerged in the "South" Sea (Pacific) thirty-eight days later.  So I say give the guy a break; it took unprecedented courage to make that voyage.  And the Filipinos got their revenge on him shortly after.

Bert Westbrook sent me a questioning text message when I said that Juan Sebastián Elcano was the "first human" to circle the globe.  Bert, I stand corrected:  there were 17 other survivors out of the original 270.  Still, your question gives me the excuse to republish a photo of one of my favorite monuments, in Elcano's hometown of Getaria, Basque Country.  The inscription reads Primus Circumdedisti Me.  I am pictured with Nagore Ardanza, mother of our host son Aritz Mendiola, who lived with us from 2013-'14.

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  • Remembering Lapu-Lapu, Defender of the Philippines (Francisco Ramirez, USA 10/20/20 3:51 AM)
    The man who killed Magellan was the chief of the island of Mactan and he was called Lapu-Lapu.

    Lapu-Lapu: Chief and warrior of Mactan, as remembered in this monument in Cebu City:


    Given Eugenio Battaglia's obsession with political correctness, I offer this account of how he got his name. As Magellan lay dying his final words were: La Pu, La Pu, La Puta Madre que te parió.

    Every Filipino schoolboy knows the story of the Battle of Mactan. Only the politically incorrect know this extra detail.

    These are more or less the words an Italian soccer player used to get his head bumped by Zidane, who then got thrown out of the game. In fairness to the Italian player, he insisted it was Zidane's sister, not his mother, whose virtue was in question.

    JE comments:  The perfect "folk etymology" for this Hispanist's files!  Nice physique, too...

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