The Turkish President Says Muslims “Discover” America

Posted By Levi

November 17th, 2014 7:37pm

discovery of americas
First of all, no one “discover” America. You can’t discover some place where millions of people already lived. At the time of Columbus’ arrival in 1492, the American continent was populated with millions of Native Americans.

Addressing Muslim leaders at a conference last Saturday, the president of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, said that Muslim explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus.

Erdogan said “I want you to pay attention here, the meeting of the Latin America with Islam goes back to the 12th century.”

He added that “Muslim sailors reached the Land of America in 1178, 314 years before Columbus.”

In making the claim, President Erdogan cited the controversial research carried out by Turkish scholar Youssef Mroueh. To support the claim that Muslims came to America before Columbus, Mroueh pointed to an entry in Columbus’s diary about a mosque in Cuba.

Mroueh wrote that “Columbus admitted in his papers that on Monday, October 21, 1492 CE while his ship was sailing near Gibara on the north-east coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque on top of a beautiful mountain.”

But this claim has been discredited. The source of Columbus’s remarks was the Spanish priest and historian, Bartholome de Casas. Here is what de Casas wrote:

“Remarking on the position of the river and port, to which he gave the name of San Salvador, he describes its mountains as lofty and beautiful, like the Pena de las Enamoradas, and one of them has another little hill on its summit, like a graceful mosque.”

Columbus obviously used the word ‘mosque’ as a metaphor and not in a literal sense. Columbus was not saying he saw a mosque on top of a beautiful mountain but rather the mountains were beautiful and graceful like a mosque.

Muslim explorers may  have reached the Americas before Columbus. It’s just that the historical and archaeological records do not support such a claim.

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