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Columbus was looking for a sea route to India and China because 40 years earlier Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453 cutting off the land routes.
A biography of Columbus was written by Washington Irving in 1828, “A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus,” was filled imaginative dialogue, such as Europeans arguing that the Earth was flat. Washington Irving was known for imaginative stories such as “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow,” Dutch tales of visits from St. Nick, and coining New York City’s nickname “Gotham.”
Europeans knew the Earth was round. Pythagoras had speculated that the earth was a sphere in the sixth century B.C., and Aristotle validated it in the fourth century B.C.
In the third century B.C., Eratosthenes computed the circumference of the earth with amazing accuracy. He had heard that at Aswan, Egpyt, the sun cast no shadow atpost was originally published on this site