Who first claimed that before Columbus most people thought the world was flat ?
#125648. Asked by shimonbentzvi. (Apr 06 12 3:10 PM)
"In a 1991 book, "Inventing the Flat Earth," retired University of California professor Jeffrey Burton Russell explains how the myth was perpetuated in the 1800s by writers including Washington Irving and Antoinne-Jean Letronne.
In 1828, Irving wrote "The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus," which sounds like a biography but is mostly fiction. It says that Europeans learned from Columbus's trips to the New World that the planet was round.
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