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Re: A Middle Age?

Poster: Dave Montuori <damont@wolfstar.com>

> >> I would suppose that Master Thomas would say that Columbus ushered
> >> in the Age of Discovery, and that wasn't a middle age.

> >No, not Columbus, John the Navigator of Portugal ushered in the Age of 
> >Discovery.  Columbus is just whom we think of first.

> What about those blomin' vikings?  Were they not in the Americas before
> any other Euorpean stock?

Of course they were. What sets the voyage of Columbus apart is the
cultural impact it had on the rest of Europe. Not that his was the only
such voyage, but it was the first of them. The Age of Discovery and the
Invasion of North America are two different things.


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