did christopher columbus really discover america ?
- Anonymous5 years agoFavorite Answer
No there was a Map showing Florida made Before Columbus sailed Made By a Portuguese sailor
TWENTY YEARS BEFORE COLUMBUS: We should know that Christian I of Denmark was first cousin to Prince Henry the Navigator. (Their mothers were both from the Royal House of England). Thus, by 1448 we find a Danish navigator in the Portuguese Court.
From the Danes the Portuguese tried to learn about the fourth “Cape of Good Hope”. The search for a “Cape of Good Hope” persisted for many years in the Corte Reais’ quest for the North American passage to India.
The Danish historian, Sophus Larsen, in his book “The Discovery of North America Twenty years Before Columbus” (1925) presented evidence that João Vaz Corte Real made a voyage of discovery (1472) to Greenland and Newfoundland with two Danish pilots named Pining and Pothorst. For the discovery of the fourth “Cape of Good Hope” João Vaz Corte Real was given (1474) the governorship of Angra (Island of Terceira) as a reward.
SEVENTY YEARS BEFORE COLUMBUS: The period of the Portuguese discoveries is one of the most amazing studies of universal history because even today we can experience the same navigational conditions that existed 500 years ago.
Admiral Gago Coutinho sailed 31,000 miles into the Atlantic aboard a caravel, similar to those of the 15th century. On these extensive voyages he made observations of water currents, winds and stars with modern navigational instruments. In 1952, he wrote: “Childish conclusions are easily dispelled by anyone navigating under sail, and seeing for himself, as I have for the last sixty years there are proofs that the Portuguese pilots who sailed the Sargasso Sea prior to 1446 — before the birth of Columbus — had the experience of sailing to the American coast before 1472. Based on my technical and nautical experience, I find the Corte Reais to be the undisputable discoverers of America.
PORTUGUESE CHART OF 1424: In 1954, Coimbra University published a book on The Nautical Chart of 1424, uncovered in the William H. Robinson London Collection, by Professor Armando Cortesão This map was bought for a large sum of money by the Minnesota Library and placed in the James Ford Bell Collection. This Portuguese chart shows the Antilles or West Indies.
In 1965 there was much excitement about the so-called Vinland Map published by Yale University. This map is important because it shows portions of North America, but the map has no date on it. The date has been estimated to be 1440 at the earliest. The Portuguese chart has the date 1424 written very clearly on the map. No one as yet believes that the Vikings made the Vinland map. It is yet to be proven that this map was not copied from older Portuguese maps.
NATIONAL MONUMENT: Dighton Rock should have been made a national monument long ago.
First, because there is no other monument in the United States that has merited the attention of so many scholars and stimulated so many theories.
Secondly, it should be properly protected and preserved for further study, using new scientific techniques.
Thirdly, because the U. S. Secretary of the Interior would be able to give research grants to specialists, not only to study the inscriptions, but also to excavate in the vicinity of Dighton Rock. The State of Massachusetts alone, with its limited funds, cannot project the national importance of Dighton Rock.
Fourth, it must be emphasized that Dighton Rock is not a Portuguese monument. It is an American monument. It should be preserved and cared for as such — a very important cornerstone of American history.
Fifth and most important, it is a document in rock — the only witness to the discovery of our great nation, the first chapter of American History.
- Shawn RobinLv 75 years ago
Nope. Vikings beat him to it 500 years before Columbus was even born.
The archaeological remains of Viking settlements in Canada are incontrovertible proof of this.
One of those sites was named by the UN as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in the 1970s.
The remains of another Viking outpost (in the Canadian Arctic) are currently being excavated and studied.
There's zero doubt or question that Columbus wasn't the first.
It's only poorly-educated Americans hoaxed by Columbus fairy tales who live in clinical denial of that fact.
- 5 years ago
Christopher Columbus Discovers America, 1492. Columbus led his three ships - the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria - out of the Spanish port of Palos on August 3, 1492. His objective was to sail west until he reached Asia (the Indies) where the riches of gold, pearls and spice awaited.
- ?Lv 75 years ago
he is given credit for being the one who discover America. but there was others before him.
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- EdwardLv 75 years ago
no. He Discovered Hispaniola.
- Kevin7Lv 75 years ago
No ,it was peoples indigenous to the Americas
- JohnLv 45 years ago
No the prosaic truth is he was lost. Found it entirely by accident. Then theres the small matter of the people who were already living there. Somehow i think they noticed....
- JAMES KLv 75 years ago
Yes, but there is extensive and unresolvable debate about if he was the first.