Vóór vier Eeuwen

Een Volksboek over de Ontdekking van Amerika

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Author: Pieter Louwerse
Language: Dutch
Wordcount: 104,632 / 330 pg
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Added to site: 2009.08.07
mnybks.net#: 24926
Genre: History
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en de zeeëngte van Gibraltar droeg den naam van »Zuilen van Hercules«.

Hoe naïef klinkt Herodotus' gezegde: »wat ik evenwel niet gelooven kan.« En na hem verliepen eeuwen aan eeuwen, en die tocht der Phoeniciërs werd steeds als eene fabel beschouwd. »Hoe kon men nu de zon aan den rechterkant, dat is in het Noorden, hebben? Dat was toch onmogelijk. Hoe hoog des zomers de zon ook klimmen mocht, zoodat ze bijna in het toppunt kwam, de zon in het Noorden zien, dát behoorde tot de verzinsels, waarin de Phoenicische zeelieden zeer sterk waren.« Zoo redeneerde men eeuwen lang, en eerst de Nieuwe Geschiedenis moest komen om met zekerheid te kunnen zeggen, dat Herodotus het gerust had kunnen gelooven, want dat het waar was.

Zoo hebben dus de Phoeniciërs Afrika omgezeild, en denkelijk zullen ze nog wel verder gegaan zijn ook, doch dit vertelden ze niet graag. Ze begrepen zeer goed, dat andere volken eveneens gebruik konden maken van de liggin

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