Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote: "Italy valued cathedrals while Spain valued explorers. So worldwide, five times as many people speak Spanish than Italian."

On the other hand, maybe it had something to do with Spain having ports on the Atlantic. Because even more people speak English, in spite of England building some very nice cathedrals.


Anonymous said...

Spanish zeal for conquering foreigners and converting them to Catholicism might have had something to do with it too.

Will McLean said...

Indeed. They weren't called conquistadors because of their navigation skills.