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How Did Columbus Discover America

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Zerubavel would most likely answer the question “did Columbus discover America?” by pointing out that not only did Native Americans live on the continent before Columbus and Europe truly discovered it, but that there are findings of what seemed to be inscriptions, scripts—that infact, are legible—and several different sculptures with pre-Columbian faces on them, and “stone reliefs all over America, that stun puzzled observers with their unmistakably European, Semitic, African, and Oriental feature” (11). Another example of Columbus not being the first to discover America was that Leif Erikson “had landed on its northern shores only five centuries earlier” (3), leading the Norse. The Norse first encounter with the New World happened approximately around the year 1001. However, the Norse may have only stayed in the New World for about two-and-a-half decades or so do to the archaeological findings. But besides the archaeological findings, there is also physical proof that the Norse had indeed, first encountered America. According to carbon dating from a site that points to the eleventh century, there were findings of a spindle whorl, a smithy, cooking pits, hearths, slag, rivets, and a bronze pan, along with eight houses sites. All of these items were found about fifty years ago at the northern tip of Newfoundland. Where the Norse had usually…show more content…
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