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Old 01-14-2006, 10:44 PM   #16
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yeah, that's true about Antarctica. Of course there's a reason why there was nobody living there already.
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Old 01-15-2006, 02:16 AM   #17
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They were just too brown to be taken seriously, since only white people "discover" things.

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So true... Although, the Hindus "discovered" many of the places in Southeast Asia.

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Actually, it was Capt. James Cook who discovered Australia (I believe) although the Aboriginal people were there already 40,000 years (give or take a year....lol).

The name Australia was given by an explorer named Flinders.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.....thanks.
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The study of DNA has shown that everyone was still in Africa 60,000 years ago. The earliest common ancestor for everyone alive on the planet today was a man living in Africa 60,000 years give or take a few thousand years.

The first settlers to Australia as well as the first successful out of Africa migration occured about 50,000 years ago.

The America's were settled by a small group of no more than two dozen people who crossed over from Asia to America on the "land bridge" 20,000 years ago. All Native Americans from Alaska to Chile descend from these two dozen people.
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Actually, it was Capt. James Cook who discovered Australia (I believe) although the Aboriginal people were there already 40,000 years (give or take a year....lol).

The name Australia was given by an explorer named Flinders.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.....thanks.
Abel Tasman beat James Cook to Australia by over a century. Tasmania and the Tasman Sea are named in his honour.
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New Zealand was discovered by the Maoris. It genuinely was discovered as there is no credible evidence of human life there beforehand. They are thought to have come from what is now Taiwan originally (or so I've read).
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Some propose Saint Brendan as the first European visitor to the Americas. However it is generally thought this story is more in the nature of legend or heavily embroidered anecdote.

I guess the White European racial superiority myth ain't looking too good it seems we only 'discovered' Antartica.
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So, who stole it from the Chinese?

easier to buy stolen goods
than steal

most of the time




we bought a good portion of what we call the United States from France
and Russia

then

created wars with false pretenses to take a huge portion from Mexico

after a failed attempt in "War of 1812" to make Canada part of U. S.


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Interesting piece from the Economist:-

http://www.economist.com/books/Print...ory_id=5381851
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Abel Tasman beat James Cook to Australia by over a century. Tasmania and the Tasman Sea are named in his honour.


There's this argument in academic circles about who really did discover Australia. It was thought to be the Dutch, the Chinese, the Spanish (Magellan), Tasman or Cook. As Cook was the first to stick around and shoot some Aboriginals, he gets credit. I know you probably know this, so this isn't directed at you
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