>(REPOST FROM Sunday, January 15, 2006)
Apart from the earliest foot travellers into N.America, the debate over who discovered the Americas continues. This story, from the BBC, asserts that a Chinese admiral may have pre-dated Columbus in his discovery of N.America (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4609074.stm). It’s also known, though maybe not widely, that Vikings made it to New-Found-Land at least two centuries before Columbus, but lasted only a generation. Another theory says that some East Coast Native Americans actually have their origins in travellers from western Europe in pre-historic times, who came by boat along a large ice cap (so as not to lose their bearings), landing in what is now known as Virginia, N.Carolina. Also, it is claimed by some that a group of Irish monks crossed the Atlantic some time before Columbus. Finally – and this is purely conjecture – a small population of Pacific Islanders, perhaps those that inhabited Easter Island, found their way to S. America and proliferated.
Currently reading : 1421 : The Year China Discovered America By Gavin Menzies Release date: By 06 January, 2004