Re: maize in Europe and India: a twisted tale

Yuri Kuchinsky (
10 Jan 1997 15:30:47 GMT

Douglas Weller ( wrote:
: On 7 Jan 1997 15:20:26 GMT, (Yuri Kuchinsky) wrote:

: [SMIP]

: >If yes, i. e. maize indeed came to India before Columbus, this will be a
: >huge breakthrough that will shed much light on research in quite a large
: >number of disciplines: archaeology, anthropology, ethnobotany, and
: >ancient AND modern history, to name but a few. This will prove beyond any
: >reasonable doubt that ancient Americans possessed sailing craft capable
: >of crossing the Pacific, that they did cross the Pacific, and that they
: >perhaps even had regular links with Asia -- however incredible this may
: >sound.

: How do you get from pre-1492 maize in India to all these 'amazing' <G>

Well, Doug, which of these claims seem really amazing to you?

If Columbus was not "The Bringer of Maize to the World", as is commonly
believed, i. e. if a false myth of such dimensions was indeed constructed
and accepted by all, exposing of this false myth alone will be an
_amazing_ result of these investigations.



: It might result in new questions to answer, yes. But questions
don't shed : light, answers do. And certainly your last sentence has no
foundation. Maize : in India at any point can't 'prove beyond any
reasonable doubt' anything on : its own, let alone your list.

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