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                                        Christopher Columbus
                                        Posted by news on Monday, 3 October, 2011, 11:58 AM




                                                                          Tourists walk by the tomb of Spanish explorer
                                                                          Christopher Columbus in the Cathedral of Seville,
                                                                          Spain. Spanish researchers recently determined that
                                                                          Columbus' remains are indeed buried in the tomb,
                                                                          based on DNA results. Another Columbus tomb is
                                                                          located ...

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                                        Christopher Columbus
                                        Posted by news on Monday, 3 October, 2011, 11:58 AM




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                                                                                              Tourists walk by the tomb of Spanish
                                        explorer Christopher Columbus in the Cathedral of Seville, Spain. Spanish
                                        researchers recently determined that Columbus' remains are indeed buried in the
                                        tomb, based on DNA results. Another Columbus tomb is located in the Dominican
                                        Republic, but DNA tests have not been conducted on the remains buried there.


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                                        contemplate other things that have nothing to do with Christopher Columbus. So
                                        much of what we say about Columbus is either wholly untrue or greatly exaggerated.


                                        Pythagoras in the sixth century B.C. was one of the originators of the idea. Aristotle in
                                        the fourth century B.C. provided the physical evidence, such as the shadow of the
                                        Earth on the moon and the curvature of the Earth known by all sailors approaching
                                        land. And by the third century B.C., Eratosthenes determined our planet's shape and
                                        circumference using basic geometry. In the second century, Claudius Ptolemy wrote
                                        the "Almagest," the mathematical and astronomical treatise on planetary shapes and
                                        motions, describing the spherical Earth. This text was well known throughout
                                        educated Europe in Columbus' time. [Related: Earth Is Flat in Many People's Minds]


                                        Columbus, a self-taught man, greatly underestimated Earth's circumference. He also
                                        thought Europe was wider than it actually was and that Japan was farther from the
                                        coast of China than it really was. For these reasons, he figured he could reach Asia
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