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?
- 𝐸𝓂𝓂𝒶 ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗLv 41 month agoFavorite Answer
It first appears in the semi-fictional biography A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus by Washington Irving in 1828.
- UserLv 71 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 71 month ago
he already knew the world was round
- Doug CatholicLv 71 month ago
It wouldn't be the first time something like that happened.
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- HarryLv 41 month ago
If he had readd his bible he would have known before sailing and preaching with the physical sword Isaiah 40 22-26
- Reynaldo WeeksLv 41 month ago