In Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument
commemorating the great discoverer. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial
is a statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been part of Spain's
motto for centuries. Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had
reached the outer limits of earth. Thus their motto was "Ne Plus Ultra," which
means "No More Beyond." The word being torn away by the lion is "Ne"
or "no," making it read "Plus Ultra." Columbus had proven that there
was indeed "more beyond."