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PostMichele da Cuneo (Alan Levine, USA, 04/25/18 4:14 am)
When he's right I want to agree with him, and Eugenio Battaglia (April 24th) nailed the Michele de Cuneo reference.
That is a famous incident because Cuneo wrote about it, and as far as I know there is no parallel explicit statement about rape by Columbus in any of his extant or summarized writings.
JE comments: Further on da Cuneo, Eugenio Battaglia sent a correction about the island of Saona (Savona): it is found off the coast of Hispaniola, not Cuba. Eugenio's theory is that Columbus named the island after his own birthplace, which as any self-respecting Savonese knows, was not Genoa.
If true, then Savona gave us soap and Columbus. Genoa--mere salami. Bah.
Genoa's Biggest Gift to the World
(Luciano Dondero, Italy
04/27/18 4:38 AM)
While I stand corrected right and left on Columbus and rape (Battaglia and Negrín), I must defend Genoa against the slanderous reference by our esteemed editor JE, as my hometown gave the world nothing less than blue jeans!
JE comments: Allow me to stand corrected, Luciano! And how is it I've worn jeans forever, never making the Genoa-jean linguistic connection? The cotton jeans fabric was developed in Genoa, "perfected" (or copied?) in Nimes, France (de Nimes--denim), and fashioned into riveted work pants by Levi Strauss in San Francisco. An international, and very WAISly, provenance.
Luciano: I promise I'll never again slander your fair city.
Another Genoese Gift to the World...
(John Heelan, -UK
04/27/18 1:50 PM)
In addition to jeans, Genoa gave the world bankers!
JE comments: If not exactly a gift to the world, it certainly was a capitalism-sparking loan: Genoa's Bank of San Giorgio, founded in 1149.
Will I ever live down my salami quip?
- Another Genoese Gift to the World... (John Heelan, -UK 04/27/18 1:50 PM)