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Originally posted by DISRAELI
reply to post by Klassified
Out of curiosity, I've just looked up one of my childhood books, a children's encyclopedia called "The Modern Children's Library of Knowledge".
It describes Columbus' thinking "If the world was round, and some learned men thought it was...", and later talks of the panic of his sailors as they reached the Sargasso Sea. "the men thought it was the weed that collected at the edge of the world, and Columbus had to stop a mutiny".
If there is any kind of truth in that last story, it may be the case that less educated people had not taken on board the roundness of the world.
Anyway, I doubt if anyone deliberately started the myth that "everybody thought the world was flat". I think it's just an example of the attractiveness of over-simplification.
There is.of course, a classic example of round-earth teaching in Dante's Inferno, when Dante goes down to the centre of the earth, continues onwards, and thus finds himself climbing up again.
Originally posted by detachedindividual
It seems to be a myth, possibly more intended to glorify Columbus. It's kind of viewed as "Look at the idiots I had to deal with!"
Originally posted by davidgrouchy
While Columbus' crew was Christian, they had just been
freed from Islamic rule, almost, the day before by Queen Isabella.