This week was one of the most important milestones for our Daughter. On Tuesday she turned 18, and on Wednesday she graduated from high school receiving a scholarship in the process. Lots of emotion for a young adult and for us this means only one teenager left! Well for most of the time that is….
And every year, we tell her this story: At birth *E* was one month premature in a hurry to discover life and we could hold her head in the palm of our hand with her tiny feet barely touching the inside of our elbow. She definitely has caught up nicely with the rest of her generation and it might have something to do with those long hours resting on the couch and catching up with everyone on the net!!
For us it is a joy to watch her evolve into such a mature and well rounded fine adult. *E* knows what she wants to become and how to get it, must be why she was such in a hurry at birth! Congratulations *E* on your achievement we are very proud of you and thank you for listening when we were telling you how important education is! Rest assure we still have a few advises in our pocket for you, no need to put the headphones on, you will have to listen to us a bit more!!
This week also marks the end of a series of crazy events in the last two months or so… Our feet barely touched ground and we haven’t had time to relax and enjoy life. So from next week, we are on vacation mode. Once the solar panel are installed, no big project. *L* you promise right!! The boat is ready for summer coastal navigation. Let’s enjoy it, learn the local island fauna and flora. Anchoring technique, MOB exercise, ocean sailings are on the list of learning curve for the summer.
Summer weather please cooperate with us, we need some vitamin D and I would love to use my hat. Also we would like to swim in water warmer than 14 degree and watch a few sundowners from the cockpit. Another note for our friends on the hard: If there is such thing as a boatyard God, please release from your grip our friends on the hard, so they can enjoy the joy of sailing again soon! Please?
And *E* sunshine this one if for you: For your 18th birthday let us offer you Corsica as our 140th Island. We know how much you loved your summer ten years ago there. May be one day we will meet with the rest of the family aboard Letitgo.
Corsica has been occupied continuously since the Mesolithic era. It acquired an indigenous population that was influential in the Mediterranean during its long prehistory. After a brief occupation by the Carthaginians, colonization by the ancient Greeks and an only slightly longer occupation by the Etruscans it was preempted by the Roman Republic and became with Sardinia a province of the Roman Empire. In the 5th century, the Roman Empire collapsed and the island was invaded by the Vandals, the Visigoths, the Saracens and the Lombards. Pepin the Short, king of the Franks and Charlemagne’s father, expelled the invaders and granted Corsica to pope Stephen II through the exarchate of Ravenna (756), which was the starting point of the temporal power of the papacy.
The Genoese took possession of the island in 1347, and governed it until 1729 – interrupted only by a brief occupation by forces of a Franco-Ottoman alliance in the Invasion of Corsica (1553).
In Corsica, vendetta was a social code that required Corsicans to kill anyone who wronged the family honor. It has been estimated that between 1683 and 1715, nearly 30,000 out of 120,000 Corsicans were killed in vendettas, and between 1821 and 1852, no fewer than 4,300 murders were perpetrated in Corsica.
In 1729 the Corsican Revolution for independence began. After 26 years of struggle the independent Corsican Republic was formed in 1755 under the leadership of Pasquale Paoli and remained sovereign until 1769 when it was conquered by France. The first Corsican Constitution was written in Italian (the language of culture in Corsica until the end of the 19th century) by Paoli. He proclaimed that Italian was the official language of Corsica.
The Corsican Republic was unable to eject the Genoese from the major coastal cities. Following French losses in the Seven Years War, Corsica was purchased by France from the Republic of Genoa in 1764. After an announcement and brief war in 1768–69 Corsican resistance was largely ended at the Battle of Ponte Novu. Despite triggering the Corsican Crisis in Britain, whose government gave secret aid, no foreign military support came for the Corsicans. Corsica was incorporated into France in 1770, marking the end of Corsican sovereignty. However, nationalist feelings still run high.
Following the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, Pasquale Paoli was able to return to Corsica from exile in Britain. In 1794 he invited British forces under Lord Hood to intervene to free Corsica from French rule. Anglo-Corsican forces drove the French from the island and established an Anglo-Corsican Kingdom. Following Spain’s entry into the war the British decided to withdraw from Corsica in 1796. Corsica then returned to French rule.
In 1814 near the end of the Napoleonic Wars the island was briefly occupied again by British troops. The Treaty of Bastia gave the British crown sovereignty over the island, but it was later repudiated by Lord Castelreagh who insisted that the island should be returned to a restored French monarchy.
[After the collapse of France to the German Wehrmacht in 1940, it came under the rule of the Vichy French regime, which was collaborating with the Nazis. Prior to its use as an aircraft base to attack German occupied Italy, it was liberated by Italian and Free French Forces shortly after Italian armistice in 1943.
During World War II, the island was nicknamed “USS Corsica” as the United States military established 17 airfields on Corsica which were the bases for American tactical bomber groups attacking targets in Italy. One of the pilots who was stationed here was Joseph Heller who would use many of his wartime experiences in the creation of his famous novel Catch-22.