Today is Columbus Day. Many of you might remember learning in school “in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” and that he discovered America with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
But is that really true? I found dozens of websites devoted to disputing this as I researched facts for my post. So now I’m curious. Who really discovered America?
It is widely accepted that Columbus did indeed land in the Bahamas and Cuba, thinking they were India and China. But apparently there is no evidence that he made it to North America. There is evidence, however, that he wasn’t the first to even discover the Bahamas and Cuba, just the first to begin extensive European colonization.
And, since Viking artifacts were reportedly found on this continent dating 500 years pre-Columbus, wouldn’t that mean that the Nordic Icelanders really discovered America?
I’m perplexed. What do you think?