Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

“Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” the conservative president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America.

“Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan said that Ankara was even prepared to build a mosque at the site mentioned by the Genoese explorer.

“I would like to talk about it to my Cuban brothers. A mosque would go perfectly on the hill today,” the Turkish leader said.

History books say that Columbus set foot on the American continent in 1492 as he was seeking a new maritime route to India.

A tiny minority of Muslim scholars have recently suggested a prior Muslim presence in the Americas, although no pre-Columbian ruin of an Islamic structure has ever been found…

  • Martin B

    Erdogan needs an enema.

    • mauser 98

      Erdogan wants to claim Caledonia also

    • Clausewitz

      Cite source, exhibit proof. Waiting………. Still waiting…….. Still waiting……..

    • Canadian

      Erdogan IS an enema.

  • mauser 98

    …who’s on first?
    South American cocoa leaves found in stomachs of mummified Egyptian pharaohs.
    some reports of ancient Chinese boat anchors found in South America
    Vikings sailing every where around 1000AD
    and Kennewick man..eeek

  • Bubba Brown

    Of course Moooosslimbs also invented TV , Oprah and the Karsadians, good grief one has only to look at the 56 or 57 majority Mooslmmmb countries and realize why the bring their sorry asses here.

    • barryjr

      Muslims can keep Oprah and the Khardashians.

  • Jan Morrissy

    O’ this is so sad. So Pathetic. I know they want to make a splash, but really. Come on now. Even IF a muslim or two made it over here, they didn’t stick around, did they. No.
    If I hear any more inflating of Islam today, I’ll implode at my desk! *thwunk*

    • Maurixio Garcia S

      You right miss.

  • eMan14

    Washed up from that creek in Alberta…

    • Exile1981

      where was this found?

      • eMan14

        Nowhere to my knowledge really… just wanted to inject a little humour. Muslims tend to be worse than Chekov in Star Trek.

        • Exile1981

          I was just trying to figure out which mosque got flooded out two summers ago. When you said an alberta creek I assumed that is where it must have come from.

  • Bataviawillem

    Discovered the America’s 300 years before Columbus and nothing to show for, that should tell you something.

  • John

    Erdogan is full of poop. However I think that the Americas had been in contact with peoples of both the old world ( St-Brendan, Vikings Portuguese fishermen etc) as well as with Polynesians who may have reached the west coast of America.

    After all, the latter are the original inhabitants of Taiwan. If you can travel as far as Easter Island and Taiwan, then Polynesians from Hawaii could certainly have made it to N. America.