The Answer Sheet: christopher columbus

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2010

Stuff you should know about Columbus

A lot of what you think you know about Christopher Columbus is probably wrong. Here are some things about the explorer that might surprise you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  1492, christopher columbus, columbus bio, columbus biography, columbus day, columbus facts, discovery day, explorers, facts about columbus, history, native people

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/12/2009

Busting a Columbus Myth

Is this what you remember learning in school: Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492 and crossed the Atlantic Ocean, disproving a common belief in those days that the Earth was flat and that he would fall off the edge if he ventured too far? Well, it’s not true. Historians say there is no doubt that educated people knew quite well in Columbus’ day that the Earth was not flat but round. In fact, it was known many, many years earlier.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day, flat earth