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May 24th, 2008

Episode 306: The New World

This strip is remarkably bad. If you want some high-quality early America-related content, take a trip on the cyber highway to Amazon.com and buy Tony Horwitz’s A Voyage Long and Strange. Part travelogue, part revisionist history, the book tells the stories of the often forgotten Europeans who first explored North America, long before those limp-dicked pilgrims sat on a rock and said, “Finally, a place to hang.” See, the Britons who wrote the history books would conveniently leave out, or give short shrift to, key figures like Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and Estevanico, the Moorish slave. Who would have thought? A Moor first explored areas of the U.S. that would eventually be populated by people who hate Moors. It’s like this: we got to know the present so we can make sense of the past, man.

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