The link doesn't mention the source of the claim but a Google turns up: Remarking on the position of the river and port, to which he [Columbus] gave the name of San Salvador, he describes its mountains as lofty and beautiful, like the Pena de las Enamoradas, and one of them has another little hill on its summit, like a graceful mosque.
Pretty desperate claim as you see. Not as desperate as the claim that Mohammed's miraculous Night Journey was to the Dome of the Rock site in Jerusalem (now one of the holiest shrines in Islam). "Jerusalem" isn't mentioned in the Koran at all: "Glory to (Allah) Who did take his servant for a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest mosque." There was no mosque in Jerusalem at that time (naturally) so it's probable that the Prophet simply took a regular night trip (the good, old-fashioned way, by horse/camel) to another site in the Arabian peninsula. The pitiful thing is that one day we might all disappear in a mushroom cloud because people take this kind of thing as "gospel". ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <jr_esq@...> wrote : The president of Turkey says so.at all. http://news.yahoo.com/erdogan-says-muslims-not-columbus-discovered-americas-162759161.html http://news.yahoo.com/erdogan-says-muslims-not-columbus-discovered-americas-162759161.html