Discoverers, Navigators and Cartographers
When the European nations relinquished the medieval era and entered into the renaissance,
many of their brave man set out to (re)-discover the world beyond the horizon.
Some were driven by scientific curiosity, other by adventure or just greed.
Unfortunately, the social and political consequences of these adventures were
disastrous and paved the way for global European colonialism.
In the wake of the discoverers, came the soldiers and the priests.
The indigenous people of these "new" worlds were deprived of their land, enslaved
or massacred and collectively humiliated for centuries.
Each of us is a child and a captive of the era in which he is born. We cannot change what
happened in the past. Neither can we judge individuals that were born into ages
we ourselves have never known. The undisputed achievements of these men should however
remind us of the ambivalence of advances in science, technology and knowledge:
also these days they may have a disastrous impact on the social and political situation of
people on our tiny globe.