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- Jan 8, 2022
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I'm not cherry picking, perhaps I didn't express myself well...
Cabot landed on mainland America before Columbus. Colombus landed in the Caribbean before Cabot landed on mainland America.
As you said, Vikings got there before either. And of course the indigenous peoples were there long, long before.
Columbus went on to claim South America for Spain, and Cabot claimed Canada and America for Henry Vll.
If it wasn't for Cabot, you'd perhaps be a Spanish speaker?
I can already speak Spanish, and Portuguese, and Arabic. 2 years of Spanish is required in the lion's share of public high schools these days in the US, esp. w/in the vast regions where Spanish has always been prevalent. And I grew up in one of the Spanish-speaking heartlands here. There's many, many places here where if you don't know the language you're at serious disadvantage, and it's been that way for centuries. Personally, my lineage is kind of new to the show historically. My English-speaking ancestors started coming to the US in the latter 19th century to escape British oppression, some being pressed into Federal Military and Naval service on the docks.
Columbus is attributed to discovering N. America, a title which is completely accurate. All the sea-faring powers of the day knew there was a probable large landmass to the west of the initial landings due to weather patterns, currents, wildlife, etc. Moreover- the Spanish possessed copious claims on what became mainland US for well over 2 centuries going back to the early 1500's. They held this territory while the Anglocentric culture settled to the east hadn't crossed the Appalachians yet. It's one of the reasons we have so many states with Spanish names(Montana, Colorado, etc).
Oh yeah, in keeping with the thread... I'm Carolina. Look at a map of the US East Coast, find dead center. I'm about an hour inland where the coastal plain meets the foothills.