This article will explain who really discovered America.
Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, everyone knows that. However, did Columbus really discover America? If Columbus was the very first explorer of America, then why is the land even called America? To answer this question, we have to go back to the 15th century where we will find another explorer in Columbus’s time called Amerigo Vespucci. Back then, although Columbus discovered new land, many people believe he only discovered a few coastal shelves and islands. The first time Columbus reached the South America continent, was in 1498. Before that, it was Amerigo Vespucci who found North America in 1497. For this reason, the new world is named America after Amerigo.
However, before Vespucci, there was another Viking explorer called Leif Erickson. Leif was a great explorer who explored many lands such as Greenland and Iceland. In one of his maps however, there is evidence that he went to a land called Vineland. If you looked on his map, you will notice that Vineland is located somewhere around North America. However, before Erickson, there was already a group of people in the Americas.
Native Americans walked across from Alaska around 25,000 years ago. They have been having culture in North America long before anyone from Asia and Europe have even come close to setting foot on America. It is clear that the Native Americas were the first people to discover the Americas. However, if you look at the question, it states who discovered America and not which people first discovered America. If you go make several million years, you will notice that reptiles have been in America for millions of years.
Reptiles have been on earth for millions of years now. Ever since the first fish involved into a reptile, reptiles have vastly populated North America. They beat out humans by several million years. It is clear that reptile’s have been on earth far longer then any other animal. However, if you look at the question again, you will find it is not which animal was the first to discover the America, back in the day, plants roamed the earth.
The first plants were found around 400 million years ago before any animal was on earth. At that time, trees grew on earth in plentiful amounts for several million years. There were surly a lot more then there are today. However, even before trees were first made. Another specimen even more common today, had been in North America.
We have now finally reached final answer of the question who really discovered the Americas. The answer to this question is bacteria! Bacteria were the first living creatures ever to be on the earth. This simple creature have been on the earth for anywhere between 2 to 3 billion years. The scary part is, that is only half of earth’s time. Well, you now have your answer. Bacteria have been on earth 2 billion years before trees and animals, and 2.5 billion before humans.