Nina & Pinta in Biloxi Mississippi
The Nina & Pinta replicas docked near Harrah’s and the Biloxi Yacht Club in Mississippi.

During the weekend members of the Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society toured the Nina & Pinta in Biloxi Mississippi

In 1450 the Ottoman Turks closed off the land trade route to the Far East. In 1476, Columbus was on a ship that was sunk by Barbary Coast pirates of Africa, but survived by holding on the a board and swimming two miles to land outside of Portugal. The pirates of the Barbary Coast believed the non-Muslims had to pay a “tribute.” This belief lasted for over 400 years until 1804 and the Barbary Coast Wars. Hence the words in the Marine Hymn: “To the shores of Tripoli.”

Columbus was motivated to find a safer trade route to the Far East. After 1491 and the Treaty of Granada with the Muslim Moors was signed, funds were available for the exploration.

Columbus was a great navigator and knew the winds blew east to west near the Azores to the Caribbean and west to east to the north. Using the stars he steered the ships on a straight line for 33 days.

Trade between the two worlds after Columbus’s discovery.

Click on the image to read the Sicily Journal’s article.


Italian phrase of the day
ItalianEnglishDialect
Del senno di poi son piene le fosse.It is easy to be wise in hindsight.Italian