Truths and Myths
On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas and stepped into history as the “Man who Discovered America”. Since then, many myths have grown up around Columbus, so in honor of the day here are some facts about Columbus that you may not have learned in school.
1. Columbus set out to prove the world was round.
Actually, most people, by the time Columbus sailed for what would become America, knew the earth was round. Ancient Greek mathematicians had already proven that the Earth was round, not flat. Pythagoras in the sixth century B.C.E. was one of the originators of the idea. Aristotle in the fourth century B.C.E. provided the physical ev...Read Full Post →