Yes. This is well-document and generally known, taught in grade school in most places. >>538068 This is the angle that doesn't get enough attention. There's evidence he may have been to Iceland and at least had some contacts with Icelanders.
>>538101 Everyone at the time knew the world wasn't flat. Moreover, they had a good idea (IIRC from observing the angle of the sun at various latitudes) of the circumference of the Earth, therefore they "knew" Asia was way fucking far from Europe going West. Columbus would have been aware of this evidence as well, so the question is why he was so confident there was land out there. That he'd heard about the the Greenlanders voyages when he was in Iceland would explain it perfectly.
b-but Christopher Columbus discovered America a-and was the i-indians' best friend he proved that the earth was round
yes, there was a viking settlement but they had too much trouble with natives to make it permanent
interestingly enough, the viking population on Greenland disappeared suddenly after the viking age the theory is that natives (inuit/eskimoes) wiped them out but SOME theorize that they instead moved to America when the climate got too bad on Greenland and they mixed and was absorbed by the natives
Thor Heyrdahl documented that some indian tribes has chants that sounded like old norse
the difference between Columbus' discovery and the Vikings was that the Vikings didn't stay to settle the area permanently.
The Vikings landed, spent what was probably less than 10 years in modern day Canada, and failed to create a permanent settlement due to the extreme logistics to keep it supplied and manned and hostile reactions from the Inuits.
Columbus managed to keep a permanent hold in North America, where forts were constructed and eventually cities that would thrive from the resources in the area, which had a more profound effect on western society and its expansion and conquest of the America's.
The Vikings were the first to land, but the Spanish were the first to colonize.
>>538129 I don't see why people make this argument. They knew the circumference of the Earth, sure, but they didn't know how big Asia was. For all they knew Asia could've stretched all the way to the Atlantic.
"As anthropologist David Meltzer put it in 2009, "Few if any archaeologists—or, for that matter, geneticists, linguists, or physical anthropologists—take seriously the idea of a Solutrean colonization of America."
>>538170 >he'd found a new continent however. That seems more impressive than just finding a shortcut to somewhere known.
Yes, but the whole point of the expedition was to get to Asia for that tasty pepper and other spices.
At least at the time he discovered the Americas, there was no guarantee that anything of value would come of it, as the only people to be found were assbackward cave men living in a howling wilderness who had nothing to trade.
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