William Loren Katz: Columbus’s Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria were driven across the Atlantic by the same ill winds that from 1095 to 1272 launched nine European Crusades to capture Muslim Jerusalem.
ariachi bands are a tradition in Mexico. The Spanish word mariachi is derived from the French for marriage, because when Emperor Napoleon III ruled the country, small groups of musicians played at weddings. The French were booted out, but the mariachis stayed. Their colorful costumes and vibrant singing, expanded beyond churches to street corners, plazas […]