Italian sailors – coming from Columbus’ hometown, of course – seem to have known about the continent’s existence 150 years before the famous explorer set foot in the United States.
Christopher Columbus, the explorer, got his name in 1492 for his discovery of the United States under the Spanish flag. He stumbled unexpectedly on the new continent, believing that he had found a western way to the Indies. But does Columbus really know about the Americas? An ancient document instructs with caution.
In 2013, the oldest document of 1345 was discovered. This document appears after the analysis of the Milanese monk Galvano Fiamma. Researcher Palo Cisa has drowned himself A new study Bent over this ancient document. After a thorough study, de Siasa makes an astonishing discovery: an exceptional passage in the document is said to refer to an area we know today as North America.
According to Sisa, the old document states that Italian sailors from Genoa already knew about Columbus’ hometown of the United States. And 150 years before that famous researcher set foot in the United States. “This is the first reference to the American continent, albeit in embryonic form,” Zisa said.
The researcher shows how Genoa could have been the ‘gateway’ to the news. The sailors who came ashore passed the stories heard at sea. One of the rumors heard by Fiamma was about lands in the Northwest. “These stories they traded to navigators in the northern harbors of Scottish, British, Danish and Norwegian sailors,” Sisa said. However, the rumors are very vague. Because of this, they are not included in cartography or science, Sisa suspects, while explaining why the United States is not classified as a new country.
In the relevant passage in the document, the land is described as ‘wooded’. Animals are also mentioned living there. “These details may be consistent and common to any good country,” Sisa explains. “But they are not insignificant. And the common feature of the northern regions is that it is dark and the land is barren. For example, Greenland is described in the Galvanius Report. German historian Adam von Bremen classified Iceland in a similar way.
On the whole, Sisa argues that we should trust Calvinius. The monk explained throughout the document, where he listened to oral stories and supported his claims with elements borrowed from other accounts. “I see no reason not to trust him,” Chesa says. According to the researcher, this document provides unprecedented evidence for the speculation that news of the American continent was already circulating in Italy, more than a century and a half before Columbus set foot there.
The findings of the study have far-reaching implications. The oldest document calls into question the notion that Columbus discovered America by surprise. He may already have known about the existence of the continent. So this raises a compelling question. After all, what exactly did Columbus expect when he embarked on his glorious voyage and crossed the ocean in 1492?
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