The first baby step of the so-called “modern” North America occurred on April 22, 1519. See page 24 of Dr. Warren H. Carroll’s famous book, Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Conquest of Darkness. He was one of a handful of the men who founded Christendom College in Virginia.
On April 22, 1519 less than 1,000 men disembarked and most began the long march to Mexico City. A handful stayed behind and started the FIRST European-based city in North America: Veracruz, i.e., the True Cross. It was Good Friday.
If we live in “modern” North America then there had to be a point in time when that began. That date is April 22, 1519. If that is not the date, then when?
In reading books on the subject I’ve never seen it addressed in these terms. However I believe that many, perhaps most Americans would find that an interesting way to phrase it.
AFTER 1519 and the beginning of the conquest, twelve years passed then God sent Our Lady of Guadalupe to Mexico, i.e., North America in 1531. Just as “2” follows “1” these two events are sequential – they are indeed connected. As far as I know that was the FIRST and only time God gave us Our Lady’s image, i.e., not made by human hands.