The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 20, 1987 · Page 9
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 9

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Thursday, August 20, 1987
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THE IIAYTOWIN SUN Thursday, August 20. 1«M»7 9-A Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but where did he land? BAKERSF1ELD, Calif. (AP) — In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. If where lie landed you thought you knew, you wouldn't be the first to think it true. Nine islands in the Bahamas have been proposed during the last 194 years as the Italian explorer's first landfall in the New World. As the 500th anniversary of that moment approaches, two researchers hope to find their own place in history by proving which island it really was. "This is one of those questions that people are never going to let die," Bill Keegan, assistant curator for Caribbean Prehistory at Florida State Museum 'in Gainesville, said in a telephone interview. Five years of research by Keegan and Steven Mitchell, chairman of the geology department at California State University at Bakersfield, lead them to suspect Conception Island may have been Columbus' first landfall. With $30,000 from the Massachusetts-based Earthwatch organization. Mitchell says they plan six weeks of excavations throughout the Bahamas this summer. They hope to unearth the most complete physical documentation ever done on Columbus' trek, of which 13. routes have been proposed. Their route is the 14th. The two hope to match Columbus' island descriptions with geography, but only after reconstructing prehistoric coastlines through earth samplings and archaelogical digs. To make advance preparations. Mitchell left, recently for the Bahamas. Conception was first suggested by British naval officer R. T. Gould in 1927. although he offered no original research. Keegan and Mitchell propose Columbus sailed from there to Hum Cay. to Long and Crooked islands, and finally to Cuba. The expedition follows a live- BASIC class in computer programming to begin in fall An individualized BASIC computer programming class will be offered at Lee College this fall. Beginning students will have an opportunity to learn to operate and program microcomputers. "Most computer users have software that was designed and programmed by others. Word processors, spreadsheets and special applications that were written by others do not always satisfy every need of the user," said LC instructor John Russell. "The answer to this problem is to learn to program your own solutions with the beginner's language BASIC." Individualized BASIC programming (DP 1305) is a course designed for beginners. The student will use a special tutorial software and laboratory manual to learn at his or her own rate. An initial meeting of the class has own scheduled so that students may view a video tape on how to get started, and meet with the instructor to discuss the class. From that point, students work at their own rate. The instructor is available when the student needs help. Many students complete the course in less than the full 16-week semester. Students may use Lee College computers, or their own computer. Grading will be based upon completion of programming projects and three quizzes. Early registration continues through Aug. 19. Registration hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Regular registration will be held at Lee College on Aug. 24-29, For more information about this innovative computer course, call John O. Russell at 425-9502 or 427-5611. Sun Teen Times Provides School Scoops year study by the National Geographic Society, which concluded last year that Columbus didn't land on the island of San Salvador, as generally accepted, but 65 miles to the south. Senior associate editor Joseph Judge relied largely on computer sailing scenarios and a new translation of fragments of Columbus' lost logs when pronouncing in the society's magazine, "The solution to the mystery is Samana Cay," near Crooked Island. Judge proposed Columbus sailed from there to Crooked and then Long islands before returning to Crooked and then going to Cuba. Mitchell, Keegan and many other researchers say they resent "the finality" of Judge's claim. "The question most definitely has not yet been finally answered," says Louis De Vorsey Jr., a leading Columbus authority and author of "In the Wake of Columbus." De Vorsey says there has not been widespread acceptance of Judge's conclusion among Columbus experts. "Judge primarily followed just one line of evidence, that of Columbus' navigational directions, which many experts aren't inclined to accept as very reliable," he said in a telephone interview from the University of Georgia in Athens, where he teaches geography. . "There's simply no way if you look at Samana Cay that you can make it fit Columbus' physical description." The surviving pieces of Co- lumbus' logs are copies made in the early 1500s by Spanish monk Barlolome las Casas, who was not a navigator, De Vorsey says. Judge contends Samana matches Columbus' descriptions, adding he has irrefutable evidence of how accurate the navigational directions are. "A captain can sail from Samana Cay to Cuba using only the log as a guide. We take Columbus at his word, "he said in a letter to Earthwatch magazine. In 1988, Mitchell hopes to lead an expedition to Seville, Spain, to document soil characteristics. He believes Columbus' first journey was supplied by merchants from the Tinto River Valley, but that the second and later voyages were supplied from Seville in Guadalquivir River Valley. Ceramic jars from each valley should be geologically unique, enabling Mitchell to distinguish jars left in the Bahamas on Columbus' first voyages from bis later ones. "This could give us our smoking gun/' says Mitchell. Sale! 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