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To: Sparta; Restorer; BlackElk
A little bit of useless trivia here:If memory serves me correctly, Cervantes lost his hand during the battle of Lepanto, and became known as the man of le mancha(sp?). I believe it's translated into the man with one hand in english.
10 posted on 11/26/2002 9:06:58 PM PST by MattinNJ
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To: MattinNJ
"If memory serves me correctly, Cervantes lost his hand during the battle of Lepanto, and became known as the man of le mancha(sp?)."

He may have lost his hand, but "de la Mancha" means (literally) "Of The Stain", and in this case I believe it refers to the region Cervantes was from (at least that's what it mean in "Don Quijote de la Mancha"). Perhaps you are thinking of "de la MANO" which would mean "of the Hand".

13 posted on 11/27/2002 12:46:21 AM PST by Lizard_King
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To: MattinNJ
Cervantes lost his hand during the battle of Lepanto, and became known as the man of le mancha(sp?). I believe it's translated into the man with one hand in english.

Ummm.... no.

He was from the province of La Mancha in Spain.

His Spanish nickname "El Manco de Lepanto" has no direct equivalent in English and, yes, it does mean "missing one hand".

34 posted on 11/27/2002 4:24:19 PM PST by Publius6961
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