Turkish President Alleges Muslims ‘discovered’ America before Columbus

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[ What follows is some crackpot theory completely divorced from reality… for another attempt at mystifying the Ottomans in the New World see this earlier blog post about the map of Piri Reis– Juan]

RUPTLY TV TRANSCRIPT:

“Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President (Turkish): ”Two Ottoman ships left Istanbul port to Basra Bay through Cape hope in 1866 but somehow they lost their course in the Atlantic Ocean and reached the city of Rio in Brazil. The wise man of Islam called Ahmed Afandi in the ship stayed in Brazil and wander around the Latin American countries to tell Islam to the Latin American people. I want you to pay attention here, the meeting of the Latin America with Islam goes back to the 12th century.”

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President (Turkish): “It is claimed that the Land of America has been discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, but Muslim sailors reached the Land of America in 1178, 314 years before Columbus. Moreover it is mentioned in Columbus’ diary that there was a mosque on the top of a hill along the Cuban shore. Me and my Cuban Brother would talk about that a Mosque would look so good on the top of that hill.”
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[RUPTLY Comments:]

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the Americas had been discovered by Muslims more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus during a summit in Istanbul, Saturday. Addressing an audience of Muslim leaders from South America, Erdogan declared “I want you to pay attention here, the meeting of the Latin America with Islam goes back to the 12th century.” He added that “Muslim sailors reached the Land of America in 1178, 314 years before Columbus.”

The leader of the Justice and Development party’s (AKP) comments relate to controversial research carried out by Turkish scholar Youssef Mroueh, in which the historian refers to a diary entry from Columbus mentioning a mosque in Cuba. Erdogan went on to state Ankara would be happy to build a mosque at the site mentioned by the Columbus.

The claims have been widely disputed by a number of scholars. The quote that Erdogan ascribes to Columbus actually reads as a simile, according to the primary source of the information Bartholome de Casas. “He describes its mountains as lofty and beautiful, like the Pena de las Enamoradas, and one of them has another little hill on its summit, like a graceful mosque,” reads the entry.”

Video in Turkish:

Ruptly TV: “Turkey: ‘Muslims discovered the Americas before Columbus’ – Erdogan”

6 Responses

  1. Impressive, if true. However, Leif Erikson and the Vikings reached America around 1000, and actually had settlements in Canada.

  2. What today are termed “Native Americans” were at least 20,000 years ahead of any claiming to have discovered the Americas.

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