C is for Cristóbal Colón

A2Z-BADGE-100 [2017]

My 2017 theme is “The History of Kanata”, the parallel world that is the setting for “Eagle Passage, and the theme reveal is here. I also wrote about this world in my blog post ‘This could be Kanata.


C is for Cristóbal Colón: On 12 October 1492, the three ships of Cristóbal Colón are met off the Bahamas by two well-armed vessels that echo Viking longships with dragon prows, but with caravel features like three masts and lateen sails. Although the Spanish are armed so are the ‘Vikings’, who also have swivel cannons on their ships. The Norse commander says that he is, “Njal Migisi, follower of Thor, here by the blessings of the people of these islands. The Lukku-Cairi are under the protection of the Kanata Konføderasjon.”

Cristóbal Colón orders his men to stand down and the Spaniards are granted anchorage and re-supplied from an established trading port, but then sent away. The Kanatians know that the Spanish will try to settle on the mainland, but will face a Mesoamerican alliance that is prepared for Europeans, their weapons, and diseases.

The Spanish do establish settlements but are forced to co-operate with the Mesoamericans, although with consequences for their neighbours.


Columbus Day 2012 watermark

This is how Courtney imagines things would have happened in 1492 if Simon and River were present. Copyright and more at http://bunnies-and-sunshine.blogspot/2012/happy-columbus-day.html



In our timeline:

“In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.”

Do I need to recite the rest of the poem, or remind people of all the controversy surrounding Columbus’ arrival in the New World and how the continent was settled by Europeans and other nations? History  is a good starting link for the Columbus story, and then there is the view from the other perspective that some might call revisionist. Although, this is a 1992 article, the movement keeps growing, especially on Columbus Day. Personally, as a historian and of Chilean origin, I lean heavily towards the indigenous rights viewpoint, as will become clear as Kanata evolves.

But if Leif Eriksson and the Vikings had stayed in Newfoundland and spread inland, would the First Nations have fared any better, although Eriksson had converted to Christianity? I have chosen a Saami shamaness as my catalyst for change, but what would have been needed to avoid the terrible mistakes made by the later Europeans?



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7 thoughts on “C is for Cristóbal Colón

    • I’m actually working on a situation where the Spanish, and Portuguese are a minority subservient to the indigenous tribes. Otherwise, I wouldn’t exist, being Chilean of Spanish extraction. Although, I have a bit of Araucanian ancestry, although they have only survived as the Mapuche. So the tribes remain dominant. There are four more Spanish-related posts, as they creep in where they can.


  1. I find your alternate history quite intersting 🙂

    I often wondered whether history might have beed different if the Vikings had been able to stay in Newfoundland. Hard question, since if they couldn’t it means there weren’t the right conditions for them to stay. History is a harsh teacher.
    But it’s a worthy question, I think. We can’t change the past, of course, but by asking question, we might be able to chang ethe future.

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir


    • In fact, the reasons why they didn’t stay were not so much the conditions weren’t right, but they didn’t see any pressing reason to come back, except for later expeditions to gather timber. Normally, they would have followed the rivers inland – as they did from the Baltic – but they were deterred by a conflict with the natives. Hence, in my timeline, it takes very little to change history – as in the other scenarios. Thanks for the comment, Sarah.


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