posted on Jun, 22 2005 @ 10:32 PM
Originally posted by SilverDeath
Supposedly the admiral wrote the map using information from copies of books that were in the library of Alexandra. Can anyone support this?
The Library of Alexandria burned long before the Admiral's time. The maps he used were in the Library of Constantinople, although it is concievable
that some of them may have once been in the library of Alexandria.
The big problem is that the notes in the margins of the map heavily suggest that they are of portugese origin, and some of the errors are distinctly
Columbian. (Keep in mind that this map was published in 1513- it didn't exist as a whole at the time that Columbus sailed in 1492.)
I'm not all against the idea that Columbus knew what he was doing. He wasn't really betting against the flat earth theory- that was long debunked.
He claimed to believe that the earth was something like 1/3 of its true circumference, and therefore that the ocean between Europe and the Indiies was
traversable. He was "wrong". Of course he just happened to stipulate that he should be made viceroy over any new lands discovered (which is why he
had is crew swear that Cuba was part of the mainland- because it would give him claim to the entire mainland- which he could not find).
Odds are that columbus was chasing down the leads provided by lost sailors. In Columbus' time it was becoming increasingly common for sailors lost at
sea to be carried across the Atlantic, presumably owing to the increasing survivability of their ships which was allowing lost sailors to make their
way home with stories of what they had seen. Look at all of the islands on the map which don't really exist- they are multiple plottings of real
islands, each sightly off because they come from the best guesses of lost sailors, as described in the margins. If there was a map in Columbus'
possession, it probably consisted mainly of those phantom islands, and he simply reasoned that there must have been a mainland.
Of course I don't have all the dope on Columbus- so he might have had other sources- for example I seem to recall that the Vatican had some knowledge
of the Vinland colony (and that their description of its size was three times greater than what is historically accepted) but I'm not sure about
that. Besides, if the info came from the Vatican, why wouldn't Italy have sponsored Columbus?
Any thoughts, perhaps from someone who has the energy to check into what might have been known from the Vikings at that time?