Gunnar Thompson, an anthropologist & archeologist brought up alot of interesting stuff to agree with me on this, including very old Chinese maps made long before Columbus even lived, and they, apart from some wrong bits, pretty accurate. www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PikiQ2814E The entire thing's in several parts. And he is right...historians and college professors (especially tenure college professors) do have a dogmatic view with stuff like this....same goes with scientists like physicists.
Enjoy, and let's discuss.
Burninating the country side, burninating the peasants. Burninating all the people in their thatched roof cottages.... THATCHED ROOF COTTAGES!!!!!
Well, my pithy reply would have to be that he did not "discover" it as such; there were already people happily living here.
I suppose, though, that he did discover it after a fashion, because Europe did not know about it at the time. Don't forget that he was on a mission from the Pope. The Papal Bull (yes, that IS what it was called) put out an alert for explorers to find new worlds in need of Christianity and Catholicism. This, and a grant from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (God, I hope I'm right on that one) spurred Columbus onto his voyage.
Post by GhostBuggy on Nov 13, 2009 16:53:47 GMT -5
I think you're right about the King and Queen - going by memory of course...and also by memory, I thought Amerigo Vespucci (?) is also credited, and that Leif Erikson, the norseman (different from a viking) was there earliest - MUCH earlier than the others
But some history sticks in my mind better than others. But either way I think history is a very important topic, and in no way am I going to act like I find it boring - that would be a lie.