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The Multiple Discoveries of America

March 27, 2015

People who definitely discovered America before Columbus:

  1. The ancestors of the indigenous inhabitants
  2. The Vikings

A probably incomplete list of people who may have discovered America before Columbus:

  1. The Chinese
  2. The Egyptians
  3. St. Brendan of Clonfert
  4. other Irish people
  5. Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
  6. Subsaharan Africans (esp. the Malinese)
  7. Polynesians
  8. The English
  9. Alonso Sánchez
  10. Muslims
  11. The Phoenicians
  12. The Romans
  13. The Japanese
  14. Kublai Khan and Marco Polo
  15. King Arthur
  16. Didrik Pining and John Scolvus who may have be Columbus himself
  17. Aliens
  18. all other countries mentioned here, which is a 273-page pdf and I don’t want to go through it line by line, sorry

Of course, most of those “probablys” are “probably nots”, because the evidence is either scant, inconclusive, mythological, or, in the case of Erich von Daniken and his aliens, nuts. Still, it’s kind of cool, no?

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