Do you think Christopher Columbus is the first to discover America?
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I think Christopher Columbus wasn't the first to discover America because in 1405, 87 years before Columbus discovered America (1492), a Chinese explorer named Zheng He (Real name Ma He), discovered America. The opponent may say that I haven't have any evidence to prove that, but Zheng He and his men drew a map about a new land (Which called America now).
If you still consider about the first paragraph, please feel free to watch this video:
2. Capacity of ships:
Within that, Zheng's ships is much bigger and safer than Columbus's ships. Then the opponent might say it's not related to the topic, and they will say that bigger doesn't mean it's safer, but think about that: The capacity of Zheng's ships was more than 400 feet long and can carry an amount of several hundred men, but Columbus' biggest ship, Santa Maria, was only eighty five feet long and can only carry forty men.
Also, British navy Gavin Menzies said that he believed that the Chinese mariners arrived to the Americas seven decades before Columbus.
3. Buried shipwrecks:
Gavin also cited that 'a buried object 85 feet long and 30 feet wide, very similar shapes to to the trading junks that accompanied Zheng He's treasure fleets'. Some people in America believed that the Newport, Rhode Island, Tower was built by Chinese explorers. That tower was really similar to the lighthouse built in Southern China during the 12th century.
In my conclusion, I think that Christopher Columbus wasn't the first to discover America.
Now there is one grand point you fail to recognize in your argument. You don't know why America was called what it is. It is named after Amerigo Vespucci who was an explorer around the same time as Columbus (1). He was an Italian map maker. Technically, when the native Americans discovered that continent, it wasn't called America yet, so they didn't discover "America". They discovered an unnamed continent. It wasn't called America until Columbus' era, and therefore he discovered "America".
I agree of what you say about when the natives in America went there, it wasn't called America. But I strongly disagree you if you say Columbus discovered it 'first'. Here are the reasons why:
500 years ago before Columbus (992 year), Vikings led by Leif Eriksson set foot to North America and established a settlement. And long before that, some scholars say that the Americans were visited by seafaring travellers from China, and possibly visitors from Africa and even Ice Age Europe. In recent years, new evidence has came to light, so it can prove that Columbus was the last explorers to explore America, not the first.
Another possibility of who discovered America is China. As I said in the first round, Chinese explorer Zheng He has gigantic ships that make it safer and steadier. Compared to Columbus' ships, it was much smaller. Thus, Columbus had encountered bad weather during the trip to America. He also faced violent people. These challenges can make him harder to go there. In addition, Zheng He is 80 years older than Columbus, so is more worth a chance for Zheng He to discover America earlier than Columbus.
I understand why you say Columbus is first, but there are explorers much earlier than Columbus to find America, and Zheng He is has the most chance to be the first discovering America.
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