Can you *discover* a place?

History typically claims that Columbus "discovered" America. But is this accurate? Can a person "discover" a place where peple already live? Read the following article about a Native American who claimed to "discover" Italy in 1972. Use the information in the article to answer the following questions. Send your answers to

Indians claim Italy by right of discovery
From Our Correspondent: Rome, October 8, 1973
Italy, cradle of Western civili­zation, woke up today to the fact that it has never actually been discovered. The situation, however, was remedied at 11 o’clock in the morning when the chief of the Indian Chippewa tribe, Adam Nordwall, stepped off an Alitalia jumbo jet and claimed it for the Indian people.

The intrepid explorer, in full Indian dress, accompanied by his wife—in ordinary clothes because her suitcase had been lost in New York—stood on the tarmac of Fiumicino airport here and took possession of Italy “by right of discovery.”

The fact that Italy has long been inhabited by people who consider themselves to be in full possession of the place was exactly the point that Mr Nordwall was trying to make. “What right had Columbus to discover America when it was already inhabited for thousands of years? The same right that I have to come now to Italy and claim to have discovered your country,” he said.

The difference, however, was that Columbus “came to conquer a country by force where a peaceful people were living, while I am on a mission of peace and goodwill.”

Mr Nordwall led a party of Indians which occupied the prison on Alcatraz in San Fran­cisco Bay in 1969 to call attention to the conditions in which Indians were compelled to live in America.

1. What did Adam Nordwall do on October 8, 1973?
2. What point was Nordwall trying to make by his actions?
3. Do you think Nordwall made a good point? Why or why not?