Muslims discovered the Americas more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Ignoring Iceland's proud Viking Christian Leifur Erikson.
This makes it much later than Norseman Leifur Erikson from Iceland who found Vinland 999 making it over 179 years earlier than Mr Erdogan’s Muslim fantasy.
SDR thinks that Cuba in principe won’t open the doors for aggressive Islamists anytime soon unless Erdogan has some economic compensative trade to offer……
And so this makes the first European visitors to North America are widely thought to have been Norse explorers, Leif Erikson about 500 years before Columbus, and almost 180 years before Erdogan's Islamic dream.
Not only is he insulting but sadly ignorant…..
Leif Erikson or Leifr Eiríksson; Icelandic: Leifur Eiríksson lived c. 970 – c. 1020.
Leeifur was a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
According to the Icelandic Sagas he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada.
Monuments and states gave been created in Leifur Erikson's name stretching from Iceland to Greenland,Canada and US
Norway. Erik founded the first Norse colonies in Greenland, and was based at the family estate Brattahlíð in the so-called Eastern Settlement, where Leif had his upbringing.
Leif had two known sons: Thorgils, born to noblewoman Thorgunna in the Hebrides; and Thorkell, who succeeded him as chieftain of the Greenland settlement.
At last but not least no one can blame anyone for wishing something. But as a President of nation its wrong of Erdogan to challenge the history as seen by academics world wide.
Written for by Mike Hulden for SDR
Leif Erikson International Foundation - Seattle statue