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Ancient Voyages to America...Who Were the First Explorers? Historical evidence uncovers the myth of Christopher Columbus being the first to America. This documentary explores the evidence of Ancient Civilizations visiting North America long before Columbus. Chinese, Egyptian, Viking explorers all traveled to the New World. One hour and a half.

At this point, it’s well-known and accepted that Columbus was not the first explorer to reach the Americas. So who got there before him? The Vikings, the Polynesians, the Israelites, the Chinese, the Egyptians, a few West African nations, the Japanese, the Welsh, and the Russians all have reported claims of discovery before Columbus. It should go without saying that the first peoples to "discover" the Americas were the ancestors of the continents' indigenous population.

Find out why we celebrate Columbus as the man who discovered the Americas. (Shown above, a statue of Columbus in Lavagna, Genova, Italy.)

The Kensington Runestone is a 202-pound slab of greywacke covered in runes on its face and side which, if genuine, would suggest that Scandinavian explorers reached the middle of North America in the 14th century. It was found in 1898 in the largely rural township of Solem, Douglas County, Minnesota, and named after the nearest settlement, Kensington.


Coming to America: Who Was First?

Who Was First to discover the land of what is now America? Many theories that are supported by archaeologists and researchers suggests that Irish Monks, Vikings and the Chinese landed in America long before Columbus. Irish Monk: Saint Brendan, Viking: Leif Erikson, Chinese: Zheng He. Theories claim Brendan was the first then suggested Erikson was, then Zheng He.