View Full Version : Scientists: Columbus Did Not Introduce Syphilis to Europe

10-27-2010, 02:06 PM

Christopher Columbus has been blamed for instituting slavery in the New World and setting the stage for centuries of bloody conquest. But new evidence might help clear his name in at least one way: Researchers say they now have proof that the famed explorer didn't introduce syphilis to Europe (http://www.aolnews.com/tag/europe).

After making landfall on a number of Caribbean islands -- and changing the course of history in the process -- Columbus and his crew returned to Spain (http://www.aolnews.com/tag/spain/) in 1493. Two years later, the first documented case of syphilis was reported in Europe, leading some experts to hypothesize (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=did-columbus-bring-syphilis-to-europe) that the explorer and his sailors may have carried the highly contagious sexually transmitted disease from the New World to the Old World.