Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

November 16, 2014 9:43 AM

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ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said 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.

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