Why Columbia is called Columbia

#1 Edited by hoossy (932 posts) -

So, people may already know about this, but after reading a book about the 1893 World's Fair, it all started to come together for me: 
 
In 1893, the World's Fair came to Chicago, and at the time it was hailed "as important as an event in America as the Civil War".  Developers created a gleaming city of the future; dubbed, the White City.  This was truly the era of steam punk, and is clearly the main inspiration for Bioshock: Infinite.  Tesla, Westinghouse, and Edison were all presenting their new electric generators and light bulbs.  Huge steam engines towed in exhibitions from around the world!  The first ever Ferris Wheel was open to ride.   And America's first modern serial Killer, H H Holmes, used all of this excitement to bring in unsuspecting victims to his hotel, where there is evidence that he murdered as many as 250 people before being caught. 
 
What is most important, was the official title of the fair, the World's Columbian Exposition, named because it marked the 400th anniversary since Christopher Columbus discovered the New World.  Check out the

  fish tank that was seen at the beginning of Infinite's debut trailer.   You'll see the 1893 World's Fair reference.   
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So, just how in the original Bioshock we visited Rapture, an underwater city that gave scientists, artists, and visionaries the freedom to invent and experiment.... Columbia in Bioshock Infinite seems to have been built by The Founders who wanted the turn of the century feel of the 'White City' to last forever!   
 
The Worlds Columbian Expo wikipedia page offers some interesting photographs of the World Fair, and you'll instantly see how the architecture and grandeur of the whole event has lent itself so well to this fabulous upcoming game!
#2 Edited by Animasta (14463 posts) -

or maybe it's hanging over british columbia

never thought of that did ya

#3 Posted by MariachiMacabre (6939 posts) -

@Laketown said:

or maybe it's hanging over british columbia

never thought of that did ya

#4 Posted by ShaneDev (1696 posts) -

Interesting. I've been meaning for ages to read The Devil in the White City but I never get round to buying a copy.

#5 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (4859 posts) -
@MariachiMacabre said:

@Laketown said:

or maybe it's hanging over british columbia

never thought of that did ya

From what I understand it's a city that disappears and moves around so it probably isn't just hanging out over British Columbia the entire time.
#6 Posted by VoshiNova (1594 posts) -

@Laketown said:

or maybe it's hanging over british columbia

never thought of that did ya

Best comment ever?

#7 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

Isn't Columbia the name of the personified woman representing America or something like that??

#8 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

Interesting read. And Neoclassical Architecture makes it even better.

#9 Posted by cnlmullen (900 posts) -

Columbia is an old fashioned nick name for the United States. Hence, Columbia University, Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) and Columbia Records.

#10 Posted by Fripplebubby (1027 posts) -

Nice find. Too bad it's actually because it's always over British Columbia. 

#11 Posted by hoossy (932 posts) -
@cnlmullen said:

Columbia is an old fashioned nick name for the United States. Hence, Columbia University, Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) and Columbia Records.

That's true, all references to ol' Christopher 'enslaving natives while spreading smallpox to North America killing 2/3 of the population" Columbus
#12 Posted by Solemn (278 posts) -
@Laketown said:

or maybe it's hanging over british columbia

never thought of that did ya

You win sir.
#13 Posted by Wolverine (4269 posts) -

Columbia is actually a very American term. If Christopher Columbus would have just coped with the fact that he landed on a new contient America would have been called Columbia instead.

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