Comm Check...: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia by Michael Cabbage, William Harwood

By Michael Cabbage, William Harwood

Publish yr note: First released January twenty seventh 2004 through loose Press

On February 1, 2003, the unthinkable occurred. the distance commute Columbia disintegrated 37 miles above Texas, seven courageous astronauts have been killed and America's house software, continually an eyeblink from catastrophe, suffered its moment catastrophic in-flight failure. not like the Challenger catastrophe 17 years previous, Columbia's destruction left the state one failure clear of the capability abandonment of human house exploration.

Media insurance within the fast aftermath fascinated by the prospective reason for the catastrophe, and at the nation's grief. however the complete human tale, and the stunning info of NASA's the most important blunders, have by no means been instructed -- before.

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Chinese goods arrived in the Americas as well as Spain; Mexican silver reached China via the Philippines, Chinese porcelain appeared in northern Europe and Mexican gold reached Constantinople. Also within the Americas and the Caribbean, many inter-regional networks of exchange evolved. The umbilical cord of this empire was undoubtedly the Carrera de Indias – which is really not the equivalent of the meaning of its traditional rendering as the Spanish Main. It linked Seville, by convoy, especially with Cartegena de Indias in Colombia and Veracruz in Mexico and onwards from Puerto Belo to Manila.

1993, p. 520) ‘to study colonialism is to study port cities’. In an Ottoman context, these types of port centres only emerged in the middle of the nineteenth century at a time when that empire was fast fading. Putting port cities at centre stage in this context is elementary, as the transportation of raw materials from the periphery to the core was a prime activity. In other contexts, periphery supplied periphery. The case of Cork’s exceptionally profitable provisions trade is instructive, as it provided food and labour for the Caribbean and New England (O’Flanagan, 1999).

More significantly, there were resident Italian merchants in most of the ports that have already been mentioned here. The Italians were active in Bruges and Antwerp since the mid-fifteenth century. Not only did they trade with their own country, they actively participated in joint ventures with local merchants, and because of their far-flung connections, which extended to the Black Sea and the Persian Gulf, they had ready markets for goods of all kinds. In the northern port cities of Atlantic Europe, the Genoese were the most critical group; however, there were Venetians, Florentines and Pisans as well.

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