Italians knew about America long before Columbus voyage, research shows

Italians knew about America long before Columbus voyage, research shows


The people of Genoa knew of the Americas more than 150 years before their most famous son arrived in the New World, according to research out of the University of Milan.

A Genoese friar recorded an account from sailors of an awe-inspiring continent beyond Greenland, inhabited by “huge giants,” in 1340, long before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, The Times of London reports.

Paolo Chiesa led the research at the University of Milan.University of Milan

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“In this land, there are buildings with such huge slabs of stone that nobody could build with them, except huge giants. There are also green trees, animals and a great quantity of birds,” the friar, Galvaneus Flamma, wrote in a singular tome called the Cronica Universalis.

“This astonishing

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