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  • The Vikings discovered America in 1000 AD; They were led by Eric the Red's son, Leif Erickson

    106 69.28%
  • It was the Spanish in 1492, led by Christopher Columbus; That's what they taught me in school

    11 7.19%
  • Duh, It was the Chinese; Didn't you read that book, "1421: The Year China Discovered America"?

    3 1.96%
  • Other....(please explain)

    33 21.57%
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Thread: 'America Discovered!', But By Whom?

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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lena_rus
    I supose by Indians
    Caucasoid remains have been unearthed that predate the earliest traces of an Amerindian presence, if I'm not mistaken.

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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    Quote Originally Posted by Siegfried
    Caucasoid remains have been unearthed that predate the earliest traces of an Amerindian presence, if I'm not mistaken.
    My comment on this is both yes and no, because the Kennewick and Spirit Cave type(s) was an important element in the ancestry of later populations, in at least North America.
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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    Palaeolithic migrants, of course.

    The Chinese, Viking, Welsh, whatever other 'discovery' might be true, or not,
    but the fact remains that Columbus opened the doors for colonisation of Americas.

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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    The Spanish. But not because they colonized and others not, but because they finally made a map in which America was correctly included.
    So they discovered the continent as a part of world and on the world map, whereas others just found land, but we cannot know if they knew that it was a new continent, since not even Columbus didnt know that first.
    And this knowledge led to our modern maps and worldview, whereas the other "knowledge", if it existed, wasnt important for that development.
    The Indians just found land, they had no idea where it was or how the world looked like.
    That would be like saying because Mr. X found a chemical reaction 5000 years ago by chance, he "discovered" it for moderns, if his knowledge was lost if he even had any idea about what he did...
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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    my brave ancestors sailed across the sea of worms. Established a small colony, but was unfortunatly killed my native skrælings.

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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    what's this about the chinese discovering america? i've never heard about it. the only major maritime expedition the Chinese sent out was by Zheng He, and that was in the other direction, to Africa.

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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    heh, i just discovered this book online:

    http://www.1421.tv/the_book.asp



    i think it's hilarious that the author himself is a blue-eyed englishman, retiree of the British Royal Navy

    http://www.1421.tv/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=71



    this article, by a former american navy officer, disproves his claims:

    http://www.cronab.demon.co.uk/china.htm

    for those of you too lazy to read it, basically all it says is that china had resources and technology to travel to america, but lacked the desire and intiative due to lack of external competition.
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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    well the only explorer they sent was an evnukk, doesn't that say enught

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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    Us, of course
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    Post Re: 'AMERICA DISCOVERED!', But By Who?

    The Vikings discovered America in 1000 AD; They were led by Eric the Red's son, Leif Erickson...

    According to the definition of Vinland at www.dictionary.com:

    An unidentified coastal region of northeast North America visited by Norse voyagers as early as c. 1000. The region, variously located from Labrador to New Jersey, was named for the grapes growing plentifully in the area.

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