Vikings - Page 2

March 8th, 2005  
OK, the score so far...

...first person to discover America: The first native-American ancestor across the land bridge. You know, the one they called "Stubs-His-Toe-On-Alaska"

...first European to settle in America, temporarily or otherwise: The Vikings.

...first European whose dicovery led to widespread and permanent settlement: Cristobal Colon.

Question: After Columbus...who was the first European to set foot on the American Continent?
March 8th, 2005  
Whispering Death
Actually Columbus did land in both South America and Central America on his 3rd and 4th voyages respectively.

The first European from the reformation age to land on North America, however, was the Englishman John Cabott.
March 8th, 2005  
Originally Posted by SigPig
No, but it does give lie to Columbus "discovering" America. Especially since he only tooled about the Caribbean and never hit the Continent.

Wasn't there some excitement a while ago about a discovery that the Phoenicians were crossing the Atlantic rather regularly? And didn't they find evidence of a West African presence in S. or C. America?

If i remember correctly it's something to do with traces of coco being found in an Egyptian mummy or something like that.