No of course he did not. Christopher Columbus was among one of the LAST explorers to reach America. The vikings came approximately 400 years before the European explorer was even born, much less before he had the dream to become a sailor. And even before the vikings came, the Native Americans had claimed their spot. When Columbus did come, he had found the Native Americans' younger relatives already there and they had formed a settlement. According to the law of Right of Conquest not only the person, upon just grounds; but any one whatever, engaged in regular and formal war, becomes absolute they of every thing which he takes from the enemy: So that all nations respect his title, and the title of all, derive through him their claim to such possessions. In other words, if there are 2 groups, red and blue, and they go into battle because they want a certain piece of land, and lets say that the blue team wins, but then they leave for a year or so. Then the red team make a fort on the land that was won over by the blues. Anyway, they make a fort and they are able to maintain it until the blue team comes back to have their land. But, according to the Right of Conquest, they are not able to have that land because they left it alone for so long and the the opposing team had made a fort there and maintained it. So now the land rightfully belongs to the reds. This is what happened with Columbus and the Natives. A war raged between them because they were fighting for the land Columbus decided to call San Salvador. Columbus won, sadly. Then he left to go back to his precious Queen Isabella of Spain to tell her of his achievements. What was left of the Native Americans decided to rebuild their home. When Columbus came back for his land, he found a beautiful little village that was being run by the Native Americans. Now that land belonged to them, but Columbus wanted everybody to believe that he, Christopher Columbus, had discovered America, even though he himself knew he didn't. He went back to Spain in anger. When he docked, he went into the village and found himself an explorer who had previously discovered America. He questioned him about America and got just the amount of answers that he needed to convince everybody, that he dicovered America. That is the legend.There was no proof that the vikings or the older Native Americans had been there first,and of course that Columbus madeup a pack 'o lies to make everybody believe that that the other Native Americans who made the fort actually made it for him and that they were working for him so that hey became slaves and were brought back to Spain. That's it. Columbus used another explorer to convice everyone that he discovered America. Columbus was a terribly cruel man always wanting to get revenge. If you ask me, Columbus was a stinker who claimed he discovered America when he didn't. There is a page showing later proof that Native Americans had come before Columbus and his nasty crew. Check it out for yourselves at faculty.mdc.edu
target="_blank" rel="external">faculty.mdc.edu It might be long, but it's worth it if you don't believe Columbus discovered America, and you want others to listen to you who do believe that Columbus discovered America. Bub Bye for now! C you Lata!!!