If the Spanish ‘discovered’ America…

“If the Spanish ‘discovered’ America in the 1490s, then Napoleon ‘discovered’ Russia in 1812. It was an invasion. The European invasion of America was one in which wooden ships, using the Chinese inventions of the compass and gunpowder, Muslim navigational mathematics and European Atlantic sailing skills, acted the part that horses and chariots played on land. It is remembered by Europeans and their modern American cousins as ‘the discovery’ only because the invaded peoples were so militarily weak and succumbed so quickly to disease.”

_Andrew Marr


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