For those who’ve never heard of Spain
there are one or two facts one must explain.
It’s famous for Columbus who
set off for Asia with his crew
but landed on San Salvador
and later made three journeys more.
But he wasn’t really Spanish at all –
he may have come from Portugal
though the general theory seems to be
he was born in what’s now Italy.
These days there are conflicting views
on whether CC was indeed good news:
he brought back gold but spread disease
and left the locals on their knees –
and did such riches start the rot
which was to bring Spain down, or not?
For those who want to study more
there are bullfights and a Civil War.
Published in Lighten Up Online, December 2018