Investigating History -Evidence for African and America exploration in Antiquity.
The history of the exploration of Africa and the Americas was not a purely European enterprise; however, the most accessible records, and from my linguistically ignorant point of view, understandable originate from Europe and the Near East.
If we travel into the far depths of time recorded America exploration is non-existent – it has been argued that Homer et al may possibly refer to it but realistically Africa was the main focus of the early explorers. Amazingly each surviving source (that I’ve found) seems to have one key belief about African naval exploration; the fact that the continent could be circumnavigated. I can only surmise that this was for two not dissimilar reasons; Indian/East Asian trade had resulted in the accidental exploration of the East African coastline beyond the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa, whilst Phoenician/Carthaginian exploration and settlement beyond the Straits of Gibraltar had resulted in a…
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