‘Mus­lims first in Amer­i­cas’

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MUS­LIM sailors dis­cov­ered the Amer­i­cas more than 300 years be­fore ex­plorer Christo­pher Colum­bus, Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has said. “In 1178 – 314 years be­fore Colum­bus – Mus­lim sailors reached the Amer­i­can con­ti­nent,” he told Mus­lim lead­ers from Latin Amer­ica on Satur­day. “Colum­bus men­tioned in his me­moirs a mosque on top of a hill on the Cuban coast,” Er­do­gan said.

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