posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 07:36 PM
This topic has been covered quite a bit here, you should try using the search function.
Its generally agreed by scholars that Columbus wasnt the first to discover the New World, there is some evidence to suggest the Chinese, Scandanavians
and i believe possibly Phoenician's found their way to the America's long before Columbus and of course its possible that Polynesians were visitors
to the New World long before all of them.
Here's just a couple of links.
L'Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Viking site in North America. It was established 1000 years ago by the explorer Leif Eiriksson
during his adventures in eastern North America - 500 years before Columbus' exploits in the "New World". The site was rediscovered by Helge Ingstad
and his wife Anne Stine in 1960. L'Anse aux Meadows is now a National Historic Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first cultural site in the
world to receive this designation - a symbol of its outstanding cultural and historical value.
Tattered and rusty orange, a map recently unfurled in Beijing has reignited an international war of words over who reached the New World first.
China is the latest to throw its sailor hat into the ring, but it won't likely be the last in this long-running, hotly contested debate.
The Chinese voyage to America theory was popularized by British amateur historian Gavin Menzies in his 2002 book entitled "1421: the Year China
Discovered America." The controversial, bestselling work claims that Chinese admiral Zheng He reached the Americas more than 70 years prior to
Christopher Columbus' famous voyage.
, this site has an obviously biased slant but some of the links and information put forth is
worthy of research.
Working with computer-enhanced images of gold coins minted in the Punic/Phoenician city in North Africa of Carthage between 350 and 320 BC,
(please see sketch of coin right and where the world map is supposed to have been inscribed) McMenamin has interpreted a series of designs appearing
on these coins, the meaning of which has long puzzled scholars. McMenamin believes the designs represent a map of the ancient world, including the
area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and the land mass representing the Americas.
If this is true, these coins not only represent the oldest maps found to date, but would also indicate that Carthaginian explorers had sailed to the
, pdf of the article available here.
Radiocarbon and DNA evidence for a pre-Columbian introduction of Polynesian chickens to Chile
We present a radiocarbon date and an ancient DNA sequence from a single chicken bone recovered from the archaeological site of El Arenal-1, on the
Arauco Peninsula, Chile. These results not only provide firm evidence for the pre-Columbian introduction of chickens to the Americas, but strongly
suggest that it was a Polynesian introduction.
Heres one of the more recent threads on this topic here on ATS.
Ancient Visitors to the Americas
, its pretty much well established that Columbus wasnt the first to discover the america's.