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Document analysis indicates Italian sailors knew of America 150 years before Christopher Columbus’s ‘discovery’

New analysis of ancient writings suggests that sailors from the Italian hometown of Christopher Columbus knew of America 150 years before its renowned “discovery”. Transcribing and detailing a, circa, 1345 document by Milanese friar Galvaneus Flamma, Medieval Latin literature expert Professor Paolo Chiesa has made an “astonishing” discovery of an “exceptional” passage referring to an area we know today as North America. According to Chiesa, the ancient essay – first discovered in 2013 – suggests that sailors from Genoa were already aware of this land, recognizable as “Markland/Marckalada – mentioned by some Icelandic sources and identified by scholars as part of the Atlantic coast of North America. Published in the peer-reviewed journal Terrae Incognitae, the discovery comes ahead of Columbus Day 2021, alternatively celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day across many states in the U.S.

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