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Did Christopher Columbus Discover America?

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  • John 2008/03/11 23:28:37 (edited)
    No
    John
    +19
    If by discover you mean he was the first to come to this land, than the answer is clearly, no.

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  • lion alexander 2012/11/04 20:30:45
    Yes
    lion alexander
    was discovery 1492 1524 old san salvador to new name is el salvador in 1517 town of san miguel central american
  • DianaAquino 2010/10/29 20:52:02
    No
    DianaAquino
    +1
    no because the vikings discovered north america and he named vinland cuz there waz alot of grapes there
    :) <3 :) :) :) :) :)
  • DianaAq... DianaAq... 2010/10/29 20:52:48
    DianaAquino
    +3
    lolz dat is rite lolz dat rite
  • leanne kennedy 2010/03/09 15:22:21
    No
    leanne kennedy
    +2
    he found a continent which already had natives living there such a the aztecs, Inca and the Maya. He brought Spanish settlrs to The continent and colonialised it.
  • mariah 2010/01/21 04:18:22
    No
    mariah
    +4
    no he did not my grandma told me that it was a black guy or black woman
  • Leeaqua 2009/11/23 20:51:24
    No
    Leeaqua
    +1
    Wasn't Lief Erikson here hundreds of years before him . There are even ruins of the first settleement altho the stay was short. But native Americans discovered America thousands of years before Chis when they crossed the Bering Sea land bridge during the end of the ice age .
  • Charon 2009/11/19 03:46:38
    Yes
    Charon
    +1
    For Europe.. europe
  • Barbara Hasler 2009/11/18 18:17:39
    No
    Barbara Hasler
    +1
    I am not certain he actually landed on American soil. I know the country was named for Americus Vespucci.
  • Peter 2009/11/18 16:49:47
    No
    Peter
    +1
    nope he just got credited for it
  • brutusin~ Proud Apetheist 2009/11/18 16:16:40
    No
    brutusin~ Proud Apetheist
    +1
    He's just the guy that got wrote about.
  • bigeasy628 2009/11/18 15:50:42
    No
    bigeasy628
    +1
    For the Euroworld the Vikings beat him.
  • H 2009/11/18 15:32:23
    No
    H
    +2
    I believe it was the vikings. But there was clearly people living there even before that!
  • Katie! 2009/11/18 13:59:32
    No
    Katie!
    +6
    no asians now know as native americans did
    asians native americans
  • God-Cilla (Saviour to the M... 2009/11/18 09:11:44
    No
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +1
    That clumsy asshole just stumbled upon an already known land because he was a terrible navigator.
  • tacomaster 2009/11/18 06:16:22
    No
    tacomaster
    +3
    The vikings beat him to it and who nows how many ancient cultures did. They have found Egyption artifacts hidden in caves all over the US.
  • Robo Toaster 2009/11/18 05:30:40
    No
    Robo Toaster
    +2
    The Vikings beat him to it.
  • Merl 2009/11/18 05:23:33
    No
    Merl
    +1
    He discovered it for Spain but other societies knew it was here long before.
  • highdesertgemini 2009/11/18 05:03:24
    No
    highdesertgemini
    +1
    I'm sure I don't know. I was taught that he did. Hasn't it been proven that he did not?
  • zcberry 2009/11/18 04:46:04
    No
    zcberry
    +1
    their are proven factors that the Vikings, Africans, and other nations came here long before he did.
  • Naui 2009/11/18 04:19:00 (edited)
  • mariah Naui 2010/01/21 04:22:15
    mariah
    +3
    your'e wrong
  • Naui mariah 2010/02/06 17:59:01
  • JP 2009/11/18 03:58:12
    No
    JP
    +2
    Barack Hussein Obama did.

    mmm.mmm.mmm.
  • Howard Beale II 2009/11/18 03:38:33
    No
    Howard Beale II
    +2
    How could he have "discovered" America when there were already people living on the continent for tens of thousands of years before he was born?

    But that is not to say that he did not commit a first. Christopher Columbus was the first terrorist ever to invade the American continent. Columbus personally killed a number of people with his own sword, but as the leader of his terrorist gang, he was responsible for the deaths of several millions of people.

    SOURCE: A People's History of the United States
    http://www.historyisaweapon.c...



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  • Zombie Lizzz 2009/11/18 03:24:08
    No
    Zombie Lizzz
    +3
    native americans
  • BitterCinderella 2009/11/18 02:36:43
    No
    BitterCinderella
    +3
    Native American were here first.
  • Yoda 2009/11/18 02:26:28
    No
    Yoda
    +1
    I highly doubt it! But maybe some of the ancient maps is just a bunch of crapola????
    I doubt that too!

    highly doubt ancient maps bunch crapola doubt
  • Christopher.Paul.Colfer<3 2009/11/18 02:11:51
    No
    Christopher.Paul.Colfer<3
    +1
    no he didnt
  • Eric ~ The Logician 2009/11/18 02:01:09
    No
    Eric ~ The Logician
    +2
    No, there were people there before him; they just didn't treat them like people. And I'm pretty sure he wasn't the first European there either.
  • moomoof 2009/11/18 01:45:32
    No
    moomoof
    +1
    How can you discover something that people already live in......

    This side of the world already had people living just fine to say he discovered it is arrogent..

    And may i add he was a douche from my puerto rican soul to his gold robbing dick heart
  • Eric ~ ... moomoof 2009/11/18 02:03:41
    Eric ~ The Logician
    +2
    Yup, he was a terrible person. The "Columbus discovered America" scam that was taught to me in school is a heavily Eurocentric idea.
  • moomoof Eric ~ ... 2009/11/18 04:06:48
    moomoof
    +1
    yep its crap and bull
  • misunderstood 2009/11/18 01:28:00
    Yes
    misunderstood
    +2
    I say he didn't necessarily discover the America's but did bring western civilization to the America's. which to them is discovering it and the Indian's that lived on the land.
  • Eric ~ ... misunde... 2009/11/18 02:04:55
    Eric ~ The Logician
    +2
    Hooray for spreading western civilization!

    hooray spreading western civilization
  • Byzantine_Catholic 2009/10/13 19:19:11
    Yes
    Byzantine_Catholic
    +2
    Yes .. from the view point of western civilization
  • kmay 2009/10/12 20:16:28
    Yes
    kmay
    +2
    Did Christopher Columbus Discover The New World?

    Dr. Michael Berliner explains why Columbus discovered the Americas and why Columbus should be honored.
    Columbus Day approaches and this year has a special meaning. Christopher Columbus is a carrier of Western Civilization and the very values attacked by terrorists on September 11. To the "politically correct," Columbus Day is an occasion to be mourned. They have mourned, they have attacked, and they have intimidated schools across the country into replacing Columbus Day celebrations with "ethnic diversity" days.

    The politically correct view is that Columbus did not discover America, because people had lived here for thousands of years. Worse yet, it's claimed, the main legacy of Columbus is death and destruction. Columbus is routinely vilified as a symbol of slavery and genocide, and the celebration of his arrival likened to a celebration of Hitler and the Holocaust. The attacks on Columbus are ominous, because the actual target is Western civilization.

    Did Columbus "discover" America? Yes--in every important respect. This does not mean that no human eye had been cast on America before Columbus arrived. It does mean that Columbus brought America to the attention of the civilized world, i.e., to the growing, scientific civ...









    Did Christopher Columbus Discover The New World?

    Dr. Michael Berliner explains why Columbus discovered the Americas and why Columbus should be honored.
    Columbus Day approaches and this year has a special meaning. Christopher Columbus is a carrier of Western Civilization and the very values attacked by terrorists on September 11. To the "politically correct," Columbus Day is an occasion to be mourned. They have mourned, they have attacked, and they have intimidated schools across the country into replacing Columbus Day celebrations with "ethnic diversity" days.

    The politically correct view is that Columbus did not discover America, because people had lived here for thousands of years. Worse yet, it's claimed, the main legacy of Columbus is death and destruction. Columbus is routinely vilified as a symbol of slavery and genocide, and the celebration of his arrival likened to a celebration of Hitler and the Holocaust. The attacks on Columbus are ominous, because the actual target is Western civilization.

    Did Columbus "discover" America? Yes--in every important respect. This does not mean that no human eye had been cast on America before Columbus arrived. It does mean that Columbus brought America to the attention of the civilized world, i.e., to the growing, scientific civilizations of Western Europe. The result, ultimately, was the United States of America. It was Columbus' discovery for Western Europe that led to the influx of ideas and people on which this nation was founded--and on which it still rests. The opening of America brought the ideas and achievements of Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and the thousands of thinkers, writers, and inventors who followed.

    Prior to 1492, what is now the United States was sparsely inhabited, unused, and undeveloped. The inhabitants were primarily hunter-gatherers, wandering across the land, living from hand-to-mouth and from day-to-day. There was virtually no change, no growth for thousands of years. With rare exception, life was nasty, brutish, and short: there was no wheel, no written language, no division of labor, little agriculture and scant permanent settlement; but there were endless, bloody wars. Whatever the problems it brought, the vilified Western culture also brought enormous, undreamed-of benefits, without which most of today's Indians would be infinitely poorer or not even alive.

    Columbus should be honored, for in so doing, we honor Western civilization. But the critics do not want to bestow such honor, because their real goal is to denigrate the values of Western civilization and to glorify the primitivism, mysticism, and collectivism embodied in the tribal cultures of American Indians. They decry the glorification of the West as "cultural imperialism" and "Eurocentrism." We should, they claim, replace our reverence for Western civilization with multi-culturalism, which regards all cultures (including vicious tyrannies) as morally equal. In fact, they aren't. Some cultures are better than others: a free society is better than slavery; reason is better than brute force as a way to deal with other men; productivity is better than stagnation. In fact, Western civilization stands for man at his best. It stands for the values that make human life possible: reason, science, self-reliance, individualism, ambition, productive achievement. The values of Western civilization are values for all men; they cut across gender, ethnicity, and geography. We should honor Western civilization not for the ethnocentric reason that some of us happen to have European ancestors but because it is the objectively superior culture.

    Underlying the political collectivism of the anti-Columbus crowd is a racist view of human nature. They claim that one's identity is primarily ethnic: if one thinks his ancestors were good, he will supposedly feel good about himself; if he thinks his ancestors were bad, he will supposedly feel self-loathing. But it doesn't work; the achievements or failures of one's ancestors are monumentally irrelevant to one's actual worth as a person. Only the lack of a sense of self leads one to look to others to provide what passes for a sense of identity. Neither the deeds nor misdeeds of others are his own; he can take neither credit nor blame for what someone else chose to do. There are no racial achievements or racial failures, only individual achievements and individual failures. One cannot inherit moral worth or moral vice. "Self-esteem through others" is a self-contradiction.

    Thus the sham of "preserving one's heritage" as a rational life goal. Thus the cruel hoax of "multicultural education" as an antidote to racism: it will continue to create more racism. Individualism is the only alternative to the racism of political correctness. We must recognize that everyone is a sovereign entity, with the power of choice and independent judgment. That is the ultimate value of Western civilization, and it should be proudly proclaimed.

    Copyright (c) 2003 Ayn Rand(r) Institute. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.
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  • jojo 2009/10/07 22:09:50
    No
    jojo
    +3
    he did not discover it because he was not the first one to have steped on that land actually native americans did
  • B 2009/08/03 02:44:54
    No
    B
    +1
    of course not
    Native Americans
  • lion al... B 2012/11/04 20:40:52
    lion alexander
    +2
    devil native american that magic from the dragon ,, god bless new Christian of the jesus christ columbus san salvador ,, el salador from the world in 1492 and 1520 town san miguel el salvador
  • amanda 2009/05/19 01:02:51
    No
    amanda
    +1
    ...since you can't 'discover' a land that's already inhabited. if you mean was he the first european that started the period of western exploration, then kinda. there were other european explorers that found some parts of the americas before columbus, but many vikings and sailors from iceland and greenland had also stumbled upon parts of canada and newfoundland, even the extreme north of the united states.
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