Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover the New World! This commonly held belief is wrong. Columbus didn’t reach the New World until 1492, 500 years after Leif Eiriksson’s arrival in 1001 AD. In 986 AD, Norwegian-born Eirik … Continue reading
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Barbarossa Hayreddin (Khidr) Pasha (c. 1478 – 4 July 1546) was a Barbary pirate and later admiral of the Ottoman fleet, by whose initiative Algeria and Tunisia became part of the Ottoman Empire. For three centuries after his death, Mediterranean coastal towns and villages … Continue reading
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Magellan, Ferdinand (Fernão Magalhães; c. 1480–1521), was born into a Portuguese noble family of French origin, possibly at Ponte da Barca in northern Portugal. In March 1505 Magellan and his brother enlisted in the fleet of Francisco de Almeida, bound for … Continue reading