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Did Columbus discover America?

How can he have discovered it if people were already living there?

Thats like the Native Americans sailing east at the same time and saying they discovered Europe.

The Vikings were the 1st Europeans way before Columbus to set foot in North America.


Asked by Zoeyis at 12:08 PM on Nov. 23, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Yes, and the Chinese were on the west coast centuries before that.

    When a huge number of people don't know something exists --like, say, that great new alt. rock band-- they are said to have 'discovered' it. Yes, the Norse knew about North America --or, rather, they knew there was land over here, without any idea how vast it was-- but that didn't end up on the maps the same way the Chinese knowledge of it didn't (and, obviously, the native american knowledge didn't transmit itself magically across the Atlantic either)...

    The mistake is thinking that 'discovery' is synonymous with 'invented'. It was there, Columbus just learned about it and then told a bunch of Europeans. Most of them no more 'white skinned' than the natives they encountered in the Caribbean...on the islands they first landed on...

    Answer by LindaClement at 12:13 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • Nope, he didn't... Why he gets credit? Well, that's simple, he was the first person from the "civilized" world to claim the find... As always race weights more than truth.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:11 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • no he wasnt

    Answer by saysha100687 at 12:11 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • No... he was the first person to discover that there was another continent outside of the people that already lived here, (Native Americans). History is flawed in some aspects.

    Answer by bjojola at 12:10 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • i think you already have your answer. columbus was a horrible person, raping and pillaging. every columbus day i talk to my childs teacher and tell them i dont want her learning about how "wonderful" he was. she does other work instead.

    Answer by momslikeme366 at 12:12 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • Columbus didn't discover anything. Leif Ericsson had built a settlement in Vinland 500 years previously. There is also evidence the Chinese and the Egyptians had been trading with the natives of North and South America prehistorically.

    Answer by geminilove at 12:27 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • I thought the Vikings discovered that in the 1100s. Called in Greenland and left because the Inuit attacks drove them out.

    Comment by Zoeyis (original poster) at 12:11 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • The Vikings discovered America, not Columbus. (There were indigenous people, many believe they traveled back and forth across a land bridge near the Aleutian islands.

    In many parts of the Caribbean he is actually seen as a pirate, spreading disease and enslaving the local people. He was not a hero to them.

    Answer by Scuba at 12:46 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • if there were indigenous people then they were the ones to discover it, not the Vikings or anyone else.

    Comment by Zoeyis (original poster) at 1:18 PM on Nov. 23, 2010