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Anyone still believe Columbus discovered America?

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by tea LC, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. tea LC

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    It amazes me that public schools still teach kids that Columbus discovered America.

    My sister (13) and I were talking about it, she was amazed that many before Columbus (not Indians) had already established colonies near Nova Scotia and New England.

    WTF, who approves what kids learn???
     
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    "1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue..."

    Yep I believe Columbus discovered America...I'm probably wrong, but then again it's been almost 20 years since I studied that and atleast 19 years since I've cared...besides Columbus already has the song, you can't mess with the song.. :D
     
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    If there is a song about it, it's gotta be true!
     
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    I thought it was Ponce de Leon?
     
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    Coloumbus "discovered" it but the native americans had been there before then.
     
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    I think Columbus and Bill Gates have a lot in common . . . .
     
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    Bill Gates is Italian?
     
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    although, to stir the pot some more, "Native Americans" is somewhat of a misnomer. Supposedly nomadic individuals from "Asia" walked here about 10,000+ years ago.
     
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    He discovered America just like I discovered the Subaru dealer in Oradell NJ--a lot of people had been there before, but it was new to me.

    I tend to call them the First People, just makes more sense.
     
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    yeah It was Ponce De Leon who actually discovered North America in where If i remember correctly he landed somewhere in middle America , but did not travel north.
     
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    personaly, i think the native americans walk this land first.

    columbus was just a poor navigator :doh:
     
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    Yeah, after he took a dip in the Fountain of Youth, he just kicked it back Miami style.
     
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    What about the Vikings, or is that just legend?
     
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    good analogy! :D

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    anyway, whether its henry st. Clair or leif erikson or columbus or the chinese or whoever isn't the point --

    it just seems 'wrong' to teach young people false things.

    henry st. clair was said to have voyaged to america in the mid 1300's

    leif erikson in 1001 ce

    and so on...

    i guess the true frustration is that my tax $ help promote this propoganda :mad:
     
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    They found Canada. So it really isn't significant. :D :flipoff2:
     
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    Columbus got here first. Ponce was on Columbus' second journey. Later on, Ponce discovered Florida--what a breakthrough!!!!
     
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    Was that before or after he recorded "I was made for dancing?"
     
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    Don't you mean Columbus and Al Gore (aka Mr. Internet) :D ?
     
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    Actually, the Vikings had colonies a ways up the St. Lawrence seaway somewhereabouts 900-1000 AD (or CE to be PC!). They left apparently because of poor farming conditions (global cooling!) and disagreements with the locals.

    I believe there is some evidence the Chinese spent some time here, too, before Columbus, but never established colonies.

    The Museum of Natural History in NYC has a great IMAX movie on the Vikings subject. Remains of some of those colonies were just discovered in the late 1990s, so the information may just be making it into the textbooks.