Steven Collins
December 12, 2007
A map going on display at the Library of Congress affirms that Columbus couldn’t possibly have been the first European explorer in the New World. The 1507 Waldseemuller map is a “puzzle” because it reveals that European cartographers knew much more about the geography of the New World and the Pacific Ocean than our current history texts admit. The map, drawn by a German monk, shows the Americas in details which are “stunningly accurate and surprisingly modern.” The map not only shows “the actual shape of South America,” and has “the width of South America at certain points key points…correct within 70 miles of accuracy,” but it also shows the existence of the Pacific Ocean!
This map couldn’t possibly exist if Columbus was the first European to discover the Americas as our history texts relate that Vasco de Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513 and Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to enter the Pacific in 1520. But the map proves that explorers prior to Columbus, Balboa and Magellan had already explored and mapped much of the Americas in considerable detail! Clearly, Columbus wasn’t the first European to come to the Americas. When might these previous voyages and explorations have occurred? The Reuters link below indicates that this remarkable map was the result of a group of scholars working on extant information under the commission of a German Duke! That considerable information about the New World was readily available to European scholars in 1507 ought to be quite a surprise to modern readers. We have long been taught the opposite was true.
My books present abundant evidence that the Old World had been extensively explored (and even mined for resources) by a number of Old World civilizations long prior to Columbus. Much scientific and scholarly evidence exists that the Israelites under Kings David and Solomon (who were close allies of the Phoenicians of Tyre and Sidon) left their inscriptions and evidence of their mine works in the New World. Why else would the Ten Commandments in ancient Paleo-Hebrew be inscribed on a large rock in New Mexico? Also, the Israelite/Phoenician empire founded a large Mediterranean colony which became independent after the kingdom of Israel fell. That colony was Carthage. We get our history from Roman sources so that is why we know that colony by its Roman name of “Carthage.” The actual name of Carthage was a Hebrew name, Kirjath Hadeschath, because it began as a colony of the ancient Israelites. The Greeks (including Aristotle) wrote that the Carthaginians sent large colonizing expeditions toward a secret land out in the Atlantic Ocean which had mountain ranges, a large plain and navigable rivers within that plain. That accurately describes North America. The Carthaginians left their inscriptions and coins scattered throughout North America. Jews escaping from Roman persecutions escaped to ancient North America, and left Bar Kochba coins and inscriptions in ancient America. The eminent American archaeologist, Dr. Cyrus Gordon, stated these artifacts and inscriptions were genuine in his 1971 book, Before Columbus, and he further acknowledged that a number of Old World civilizations were present in ancient North America. The Romans conquered Carthage and would have inherited whatever knowledge that Carthage knew about the New World. Roman coins and artifacts have been found in the Americas, indicating the Romans followed the Carthaginian maps to the Americas. Roman knowledge of the New World would have survived in various sources and maps in places scattered throughout Europe. 
That scholars in Germany could assemble a reasonably accurate map of the Americas from historical materials still available to them in 1507 confirms that some of the ancient knowledge about the New World had to survive into medieval times. This indicates Columbus already knew the New World was there before he sailed to it, and he likely had at least some of the same cartographic information available to the German mappers in 1507. Europe lost a tremendous amount of scientific knowledge during the Dark Ages, and much had to be rediscovered and regained. The Reuters link also indicates that, based on a later map drawn by the same German monk in 1516, there were some forces of Medieval “political correctness” at work which didn’t want the previous knowledge of the New World to be widely known. This same “political correctness” led to the now obviously-incorrect belief that no one had been in the New World prior to Columbus.
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