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February 15, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Columbus, Monte Cassino, Michael Preatorius

On the 15th of February –

In 1493 Christopher Columbus started to write his ‘Open Letter on the First Voyage‘ while still on the home stretch from his trip to what he thought was India, but was in fact the Caribbean island of Samana Cay.

This and other letters by Columbus can be found in the following edition, showing both the Latin original and an English translation:
Select letters : with other original documents, relating to his four voyages to the new world

Sorry, no thumbnail available. If you’re into images, here is another rendition of the story of Columbus’ discovery:
Centsprent met plaatjes over Christoforus Columbus.

In 1944 the assault on Monte Cassino begins. Below is a newsreel on the events from the perspective of the French Vichy regime:
LA GUERRE SUR LE FRONT DE CASSINO..

In 1571 German organist and composer Michael Preatorius is born. His most famous ditty is without a doubt the Christmas classic ‘Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen’:
Es ist ein Ros` entsprungen

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