History books say that the American continent was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1942. However, the scientific journal Terrae Incognitae brings a study that refutes this fact and states that the people of the city of Genoa, Italy, already knew the Americas more than 150 years before the famous Italian navigator.
The study was published in July and reported by the American newspaper New York Post. According to the article, a Genoese friar recorded the account of sailors who arrived on a continent beyond Greenland, inhabited by ‘giants’ in 1340, long before Columbus.
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According to the newspaper, Friar Galvaneus Flamma reported: “In this land there are buildings with stone slabs so large that no one could build with them except giants. There are also green trees, animals and a lot of birds”.
“This startling discovery is the first known report from the American continent to circulate in the Mediterranean. And if Colombo had known what these sailors knew, he could have helped convince him to make his trip”, says researcher Paolo Chiesa, from the University of Milan, author of the study, cited by the New York Post.
The researcher believes that these stories reported by the friar were possibly transmitted by Viking sailors, who historians believe visited North America around the year 1000.
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