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||Discover America, Native Americans, South American, Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus, South America, New World, New England, North America, Prince Madoc
Spanish: Antes de Colón
By Sharon Fabian
1 "Discover America." That's what the vacation ads say. Anyone can take a trip in an RV and discover America. History books say that Christopher Columbus discovered America. But Native Americans were here long before Columbus came aboard the Santa Maria. Who really did discover America?
2 Were Native Americans always here, or did they travel here from another continent, too? Some people think that, a very long time ago, early people traveled across land from Russia to America, arriving in what is now Alaska. From there, these early people spread across both the North and South American continents and developed into many different native tribes. If you look at a world map, you will see that Russia and Alaska are not nearly as far apart as you might think. They were likely connected at one time long ago.
3 Native Americans had been here for thousands of years, but people on the other continents of the world didn't even know that North and South America existed. Who was the first person to discover, or re-discover, America?
4 We do know that in 1492, Columbus came to America. At that time, people in Europe, where he had come from, didn't even know that America existed. He wasn't even looking for America, remember? He was looking for a shorter route to the Indies.
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