Then again, what Americans consider “old” is laughable to inhabitants of the Old World. Plymouth, England, for instance, traces its founding not to 1620 (or 1607 like Jamestown, lest we neglect it) but to the Bronze Age. America just got here yesterday, really, and we’re still getting our footing. I still recall pointing out Manhattan’s oldest church to my British friend Sangeeta Sahi and getting a “So what? Oxford has been around for over a thousand years, Cambridge for two thousand” as a compassionate response. Of course, Sangeeta is also the sort of softy who once declared a teddy bear’s facial expression that of “a gormless idiot.”
But enough about the English — tomorrow a look at those thuggish, brooding latecomers to the New World, the Germans (who, like the English, have been known to display imperialist tendencies).