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originally posted by: DupontDeux
originally posted by: rickymouse
Columbus had access to old maps, that is how he knew this place was here, that info is on the web in places, researched by historians over the years. But people do not believe that evidence, because Columbus discovered America was taught to us.
No, people do not believe that, because it is fairly well (as in 'really well') established that Columbus set out to reach the Indies (south Asia) and initially believed that he had done so.
It is that initial belief that led to the natives being called 'Indians' - a name that stuck around for quite some time and thus for half a millennium was testament to his mistake.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: howtonhawky
Did she use this alleged ancestry to get preferential treatment in the past? If not, no issue.
If you can find evidence of it that passes muster, then I'll change my tune.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Gazrok
I guess for me it's one thing to claim it as an interesting family story and it's another to use that story to claim advantage over others.
My husband has a full-blooded grandparent. His adoption paperwork says as much, but he still doesn't claim it as advantage because he was never raised in that culture in any way. He was adopted.
As far as it goes, he has more actual documentation to back a claim than Warren does, but he's never used it to his advantage while she has.