Sunday, November 19, 2017

1488 ....more equal than others

Coat of arms of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

That year, Maximilian A΄ was King of the Romans,
            [King of the Germans, and Holy Roman Emperor from 1493.
Jokingly I would say, three titles in a package,            
                                                             [or conversely a pack of three.

For a foreigner, a stranger, it is very difficult to understand,
                             [what the Holy Roman Empire was exactly,
I don't know personally,
                                   [I don't know directly, matter-of-factly..

So I started researching the internet with curiosity indeed,
but it was difficult to understand,
              [a theme unspecified, indefinite, covert, unspied...

I finally concluded, perhaps wrongly,
                      [that it was a partnership of states,
which decided to have a common goal and fate.

Of course one can not liken that empire
                                                     [to the present European Union,
though both partnerships have an obvious common point,
                                                               [according to my opinion.

In both partnerships, the heads of the various states,
                                    [whose members were equal to each other,
but in both, Germany was more equal than others.”
               [George Orwell's Animal Farm ?? 1984 ?? Big Brother ??


Maximilian's coin with
the Burgundian Order
of the Golden Fleece

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* ''IT COULD BE OTHERWISE in verse''
Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis - CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS//
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

1487 ...a route to India, a mission to the unknown..


Bartolomeu Dias museum
                                                       
This year, Bartolomeu Dias* sailed around Africa,
                            [reaching the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic.
A foolhardy journey, dangerous, adventurous,
                         [daringly audacious and certainly not romantic.

He was a Knight of the royal court, and King John II of Portugal,
        [appointed him, to find a route to India, a mission to the unknown..

................... it might have been a suicide voyage, his life blown.

On the day of Dias departure from the port of Lisbon,
                                    [an unknown river was mentioned in his horoscope,
and what a coincidence, he sailed south along the west coast of Africa.
                                                                [rounded the Cape of Good Hope,
headed northeast and reached its furthest point in Africa,
                                                                               [the Boesmans River...

Τhis discovery of the passage around southern Africa,
         [meant a new route to the East; the old one was forgotten forever.

Diaz was a great explorer and did not need any support,
                                            [from the creators of fake news and stories,
that alter and distort texts on the internet,
                                             [undermining various states and territories...

He was not the first who sailed the Indian Ocean,
                                                                          [as they deliberately said,
the known guys who distort the world's history,
                                                      [and their fake stories are widespread.

The truth is that eighteen hundred years ago,
                                                           [the fleet of Alexander the Great,
sailed from India to the Persian Gulf,
                                                    [opening first the Indian Ocean's gate.
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* ''IT COULD BE OTHERWISE in verse''
Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis - CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS//
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* Bartolomeu Dias, After having sailed past Angola, Dias reached the Golfo da Conceicão (Walvis Bay) by December. 
Continuing south, he discovered first Angra dos Ilheus, being hit, then, by a violent storm. Thirteen days later, from the open ocean, he searched the coast again to the east, discovering and using the westerlies winds - the ocean gyre, but finding just ocean.
Having rounded the Cape of Good Hope at a considerable distance to the west and southwest, he turned towards the east, and taking advantage of the winds of Antarctica that blow strongly in the South Atlantic, he sailed northeast.
  
After 30 days without seeing land, he entered what he named Aguada de São Brás (Bay of Saint Blaise)—later renamed Mossel Bay—on 4 February 1488.
Dias's expedition reached its furthest point on 12 March 1488 when they anchored at Kwaaihoek, near the mouth of the Boesmans River, where a padrão—the Padrão de São Gregório—was erected before turning back. 
Dias wanted to continue sailing to India, but he was forced to turn back when his crew refused to go further. It was only on the return voyage that he actually discovered the Cape of Good Hope, in May 1488. 
Dias returned to Lisbon in December of that year, after an absence of sixteen months.
Bartolomeu Dias originally named the Cape of Good Hope the "Cape of Storms" (Cabo das Tormentas). It was later renamed (by King John II of Portugal) the Cape of Good Hope (Cabo da Boa Esperança) because it represented the opening of a route to the east.


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