Re: The Nondiscovery of Australia (fwd)

Kathleen A. Gillogly (Kagillogly@AOL.COM)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 13:00:37 -0500

In a message dated 95-12-13 19:08:51 EST, you write:

>Incredibly, by the time they discovered Vanu
>> Atu(4) [sic] they had run out of saints. Naming the largest island
>> Espiritus Santo, they returned home to obtain the latest
>> list.

Dear Elizabeth:

I must make a slight correction of detail on this otherwise stellar research.
The Spanish (or Spaniards) actually ran out of saints' names before
Espiritus Santo, as they named the Solomon Islands "the Solomon Islands."
This is also evidence of the great bilinguality of the Spanish (Spaniards)
who had the consideration to name these islands in the language of the people
who were later to discover it, the Brits.

Otherwise, an excellent piece of work.

And thanks for the laugh!

Kate Gillogly
Univ. of Michigan