No blog De Rerum Natura é reproduzido o início de um artigo do "New York Times" que trata da exposição patente em Washington sobre os Descobrimentos Portugueses. Segundo este mesmo artigo foi Portugal quem inventou a Internet... bem "Internet" é uma forma de falar, mas que se trata de uma maneira original de ver as coisas, lá isso é.
A seguir o excerto publicado no De Rerum Natura:
Portugal, Conquering and Also Conquered
By HOLLAND COTTER
WASHINGTON, June 22 — A little-known fact: A version of the Internet was invented in Portugal 500 years ago by a bunch of sailors with names like Pedro, Vasco and Bartolomeu. The technology was crude. Links were unstable. Response time was glacial. (A message sent on their network might take a year to land.) They put up with it all. They were hungry to gain access to the world.
That’s the basic story of “Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17 Centuries” at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, a show that glows like a treasury, radiates like a compass and seems as rich with potential information as the World Wide Web.