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Post Michele da Cuneo
Created by John Eipper on 04/25/18 4:14 AM

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Michele 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.


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  • 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.


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    • 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?


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