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Question of the day!

Postby wayward on Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:00 am

On this day, known in the U.S. as "Columbus Day", I ask, who is the first european known to have set foot on North America?
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Re: Question of the day!

Postby wayward on Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:09 am

wayward wrote:On this day, known in the U.S. as "Columbus Day", I ask, who is the first european known to have set foot on North America?



Well, a clue is that October 9th is "Leif Ericson Day"!
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Re: Question of the day!

Postby opus on Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:37 pm

Just saw a show on History where the featured person claims that the Chinese landed on Cape Breton a few years prior to Columbus but after the Vikings...

From Wikipedia:

"Paul Chiasson is a Canadian architect and author of The Island of Seven Cities: Where the Chinese Settled When They Discovered America, published 2006 by St. Martin's Press. In his book, he explains his thesis that Chinese voyagers settled in the Cape Dauphin area of Nova Scotia several years before the voyages of Christopher Columbus. He suggests that the indigenous Mi'kmaq culture was influenced by these people, offering evidence in the form of possible archaeological remains, customs, costumes, art and other material culture.

His theory was refuted by provincial archeologists, who found that Chiasson's physical evidence of Chinese settlement—an allegedly ancient road and stone wall—were actually built in the mid- to late 20th century.

In December 2010, several years after the reports of the Nova Scotian archeologists, History Television aired a one hour documentary entitled, Mysterious Ruins: Cape Breton. The documentary explored Chiasson's theory and included interviews with an archeologist and a geologist from the area who viewed the site that Chiasson posits was the location of a pre-Columbian Chinese community. The local archeologist and geologist stated that they found no evidence of any human settlement on the site. The documentary also included interviews with three Chinese historians. Those historians expressed the opinion that, given what is now known about early Chinese ocean-going fleets, there could have been a Ming Dynasty town on Chiasson’s site in Cape Breton. It is typical of similar town sites in China. Dr. Zhu Guangya, Professor of Architectural History at Southeast University, Nanjing stated (translation), "I believe the site is a ruin from a human settlement. Further study is required to confirm what kind of settlement it is."

The Chinese scholars quoted in the program are all architectural historians, not archaeologists or geologists. The government of Nova Scotia has not yet invited Chinese scholars to survey the site."
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