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Ancient Chinese Coin Discovery Indicates Early Trade With East Africa
2013-03-14 06:30:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A joint expedition of researchers from The Field Museum and the University of Illinois at Chicago has discovered a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. While the discovery of the coin may be fascinating, the more significant discovery is that the coin´s presence indicates the presence of trade between China and east Africa decades before the arrival of European explorers. The small coin was disk-like and...

2012-04-30 13:20:26

Evidence that a Florentine merchant house financed the earliest English voyages to North America, has been published on-line in the academic journal Historical Research. The article by Dr Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli, a member of a project based at the University of Bristol, indicates that the Venetian merchant John Cabot (alias Zuan Caboto) received funding in April 1496 from the Bardi banking house in London. The payment of 50 nobles (£16 13s. 4d.) was made so that 'Giovanni...

2010-11-26 06:55:00

BADAJOZ, Spain, Nov. 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Christopher Columbus was a Royal Prince, son of a Portuguese noble lady and exiled Polish King Vladislav III, according to Columbus' new biography, "COLON. La Historia Nunca Contada" (COLUMBUS. The Untold Story), by Manuel Rosa, just released in Spain. The author has already piqued the interest of a National Geographic producer and is currently in Portugal and Spain taking part in conferences and TV documentaries about his research. It has...

2010-10-26 07:01:00

KIEV, Ukraine, October 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A popular science film, Columbus Quest, in which a Ukrainian team of travellers has set the world record, was first presented to the audience. Following the route of Christopher Columbus's expedition through the Atlantic Ocean, they haven't eaten during a period of 40 days and stayed without water for 7 days. Goltis, one of the team participants, did not drink a single drop of water during 14 days in a row....

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2009-03-20 09:15:52

The adage that dead men tell no tales has long been disproved by archaeology. Now, however, science is taking interrogation of the dead to new heights. In a study that promises fresh and perhaps personal insight into the earliest European visitors to the New World, a team or researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is extracting the chemical details of life history from the teeth of crew members Christopher Columbus left on the island of Hispaniola after his second voyage to...

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2008-05-16 12:05:00

Scientists believe El Nino may have assisted Magellan's first trip around the world nearly 500 years ago.On Nov. 28, 1520, explorer Ferdinand Magellan encountered fair weather after days of battle through the rough waters south of South America. From there, the calming effects of El Nino may have eased his passage across the Pacific Ocean, researchers speculate.An El Nino creates rising air that changes wind and weather patterns when the Equatorial Pacific become warmer than normal. The...

2006-03-10 09:20:00

By Phil Stewart ROME -- Nearly 500 years after the death of Christopher Columbus, a team of genetic researchers are using DNA to solve two nagging mysteries: Where was the explorer really born? And where the devil are his bones? Debate about origins and final resting place of Columbus has raged for over a century, with historians questioning the traditional theory that he hails from Genoa, Italy. Some say he was a Spanish Jew, a Greek, a Basque or Portuguese. Even the location of his remains...

2006-03-10 09:31:57

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Nearly 500 years after the death of Christopher Columbus, a team of genetic researchers are using DNA to solve two nagging mysteries: Where was the explorer really born? And where the devil are his bones? Debate about origins and final resting place of Columbus has raged for over a century, with historians questioning the traditional theory that he hails from Genoa, Italy. Some say he was a Spanish Jew, a Greek, a Basque or Portuguese. Even the...

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2005-01-25 07:40:06

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Authorities said Saturday that more discussions are needed before a Spanish research team can examine a tomb purportedly holding Christopher Columbus' remains, setting back efforts to determine if claims that he is buried in Spain are true. The government initially had agreed to reopen the tomb on Feb. 15, but authorities later backtracked after the event was heavily publicized. Dominican authorities were upset with reports that researchers would do...


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Christopher Columbus
2013-10-15 10:27:55

Christopher Columbus was an Italian navigator, explorer, and colonizer that was born in 1451. He is best known for his explorations across the Atlantic Ocean, under the authority of the Catholic Monarchs in Spain, which resulted in the discovery of America and the settlement of the island of Hispaniola. This is thought to be the beginning of Spanish settlement in the New World. Although he was the first European to explore the Americas, he was not the first person to explore the area and he...

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Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'