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Actual European Discoveries

Americans have mostly come around to accept that, despite what our grade school teachers may have told us, Europeans did not “discover” America; the original arrivals had done that 15,000 years earlier. But Europeans did discover lots of lands that had never been before seen by human eyes. You can see?embedded in this map successive waves of European exploration: first the Portuguese, then the Spanish, then the British and much later the Americans. The map’s creator,?the always-insightful Bill Rankin, writes, “this map particularly underscores the maritime expertise of Pacific Islanders. Unlike the islands of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, nearly all of the Pacific was settled by the 14th century.”