MisterD wrote:UncleRansom wrote:Crepitus wrote:Intent has nothing to do with it. Columbus was following the money, not the food, but it boils down to the same thing.
Indeed. Upon Columbus' return, the entire world followed the money and empire. Columbus' report shakes the civilized world. His return and report results in the Pope's 'bull decree', the Treaty of Tordesillas, that divides the new world between the two superpowers.
It is the reason Columbus is given credit for discovery in my view. Vikings, Indians, Aztecs, I'm sure cultures previous to Chris discovered into even North America, but they had less impact. Columbus for example the reason Brazil speaks Portuguese, Spain and Portugal 'splitting' the world in two. Colonization endeavors then ignite.
As a matter of Old and New World contact they had no impact at all. You're not merely stating your view. You're stating a fact. That is the reason Columbus is credited with the discovery of America. Columbus' voyages changed the entire world.