Muslims found America first, announces Turkish president, who thinks Islamic explorers beat Columbus by 300 years

Muslims found America first, announces Turkish president, who thinks Islamic explorers beat Columbus by 300 years

Well isn’t this little history lesson fun? The Turkish president has decided to set us straight on the whole ‘who discovered America’ If you’re in the mood for incredulous laughs, read on:

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The president of Turkey has tried to re-write history by claiming Muslim explorers beat Christopher Columbus to discovering America by more than 300 years.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Islamic sailors found the New World in 1178 and built a mosque on Cuba – and even said Columbus saw it when he showed up in 1492.

His theory – which is not supported by most historians – came to light in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslims leaders
from Latin America.

He brought up the supposed connection in a bid to establish a long history for links between his country and the distant continent.

He said: ‘Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus.

He even offered to build a mosque in the country – which currently does not have any.

Erdogan said: ‘I would like to talk about it to my Cuban brothers. A mosque would go perfectly on the hill today.’

The notion that Columbus mentioned a mosque in his diary, first floated in 1996, is widely understood to be a misunderstanding.

Instead, the passage in question is thought to be metaphor which describes the shape of the land.

As a Spaniard, Columbus would have been very familiar with Islamic architecture as Muslims still ruled parts of Spain during his lifetime.

By the way very few scholars support this theory of delusion that he seems to want to make ‘fact’. Nice try dude, but you can’t sell your crazy propaganda here- we’re all full up with Obama’s.

McGuire

Writer, Blogger. Political aficionado. Addicted to all levels of government campaigns.

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