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Born in Genoa, Italy in the year 1450, Cristopher Columbus was one of the boldest travelers of all times. He convinced the Catholic Monarchs of Spain to finance his expedition to get Asia saling towards the West discovering in 1492, just by chance, an entire new continent.<br />
Colon only got to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, in the form of a massive 650 tons 26 meters tall statue made by artist Arnoldo Zocchi donated by the Italian community to  celebrate the  centennial of the country independence  in 1910.  <br />
Placed behind the government palace, also know as Pink House, Colombus watched the shore of Rio de la Plata for more than a century.<br />
In June 2013 was waked up. Bitterly.  Argentina president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner ordered to take  him away to  inaugurate in his place another statue  of Juana Azurduy donated by Bolivian community. Maybe the President liked to be sympathetic at the eyes the small Indians communities of Argentina. Or maybe she just wanted to be in the headlines. But she stayed firm in his plan to send the statue to Mar del Plata, a beach resort 400 kilometers away. <br />
The news aroused loud critics in the country, from the political opposition to Italian community in Argentina. Lawyers appeared. Lawsuits erupted. The scandal peaked when Buenos Aires City Hall, under the command of the opposition, ruled that the statue belongs to the city and could not  be removed from its boundaries. <br />
Patient, cut in pieces, laying in the grounds behind the government palace, the sailor Cristopher Columbus waited for his new destination. <br />
An agreement between the President and the city authorities was reached early this year. But so far, no one knows when Christopher will be put togheter again, where and who will pay the bill of such a joke.

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Born in Genoa, Italy in the year 1450, Cristopher Columbus was one of the boldest travelers of all times. He convinced the Catholic Monarchs of Spain to finance his expedition to get Asia saling towards the West discovering in 1492, just by chance, an entire new continent.
Colon only got to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, in the form of a massive 650 tons 26 meters tall statue made by artist Arnoldo Zocchi donated by the Italian community to celebrate the centennial of...
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Author: Claudio Herneder/Archivolatino
Date created: 14 Oct 2013
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City: Rome
Country: Italy
Keywords: claudio, herdener, cristobal colon, monumento
Copyright: Claudio Herneder/Archivolatino


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