Who Started the Myth That Columbus Was Trying to Prove the World is Round?

Was it the anti-Catholic bigots in Great Britain, trying to make the Spanish Catholics appear ignorant and uninformed?

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    It first appears in the semi-fictional biography A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus by Washington Irving in 1828.

  • User
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Columbus became a sort of legendary figure

    and many, many things have been attributed to him

    that were "added" to the legend to make the legend seem more grand.

    (Many of those things we Americans typically do not learn, but of course it was once quite common for us to be taught that Columbus was an early maverick in the belief that the World was round. That normally isn't taught any more in the U.S.)


    these things were added to the legend

    by people who could somehow profit from it

    (such as Spanish or Italian politicians, who profited from tourism, trade, and the national esteem such a legendary figure gave their nation).

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    he already knew the world was round

  • 1 month ago

    It wouldn't be the first time something like that happened.

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  • Harry
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    If he had readd  his bible he would have known before sailing and preaching with the physical sword  Isaiah 40 22-26

  • 1 month ago

    Amerigo Vespucci

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