Myths About the ‘Discovery’ of America and Native Americans Busted Across the Internet

For whatever reason America has become enamored with discovering the truth behind this country’s history over the last couple of days.

The most popular take on the subject, posted on Cracked.com on May 15 is titled “6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America,” and takes a look at six myths most kids learned from text books in grade school.

“6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America,” is entertaining and wildly popular—with 48,000 facebook likes and more than 1.1 million views; look for future ICTMN posts in which we will be verify and possibly debunk some of the information compiled in it and elsewhere on the web.

Also making news today is that Europe was actually “discovered” by Native Americans, a prime example of west-east travel across the Atlantic is a case cited in the 1996 book Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen, and again in the 2006 book Still Casting Shadows: A Shared Mosaic of U.S. History, Vol. I by Clay Shannon, when two Natives shipwrecked in Holland in about 60 B.C.

The most recent addition to this discussion, and also going viral this week is the History Channel’s documentary “Who Really Discovered America?”, which discusses differing theories about who discovered the New World. According to an International Business Times story, the documentary suggests the Chinese landed in American in 1421, and has an interview with Gavin Menzies, author of 1421: The Year China Discovered America, published in 2003.

While the information isn’t necessarily new, it’s trending now, perhaps it’s a sign of a desire people have to start educating themselves to the true history of this country.

Who Really Discovered America? (Part 1)


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