WHO Discovered America Before Columbus?

It is an established, but not much publicised knowledge among historians that Muslims had very early contacts with the people of the lands now called Americas.
Columbus' epoch voyage in 1492 opened up a new world at a time Europeans were ready to settle and exploit it systematically. He was at the right place at the right time. Thus, honor is rightfully due him. But he wasn't the first man to discover america.
Who were the people that discovered the american continent before Christopher Columbus?

asked by Camie in History | 5223 views | 10-12-2009 at 07:15 PM

Excellent question! Many historians have argued that Columbus was not the first person to discover America, despite what the school history books relate. However, recent historical documents reveal a different story.

There are many documented pre-columbian explorations of what was known to post-columbians as he New World. The most famous people to explore the New World before Columbus were the Vikings, specifically the family of Eric the Red, who discovered what he called "Vinland" - modern Newfoundland. Other explorations include that of St. Brendan, who sailed westward and returned with claims of having found the "land promised to the saints" (nobody's quite sure where he landed). There are other documentations of explorers from China and India crossing the Pacific, and even rumors that Guatemala was named after Gautama Buddha. Some archeologists claim to have found coins in Aztec territory marked "SPQR" (the marking of the Roman military).

You can say the Native Americans "discovered" America long before anyone else.

answered by Lum | 10-12-2009 at 07:18 PM

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