Yali’s ponder and the “new” world

The appellation New world says it all about the Americas; that this landmass was

The medieval Icelandic conception of northern regions, based on an interpretive sketch. Illustration by David Trochos for Wikimedia Commons. Based on A.A. Bjornbo “Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga” (ISBN 1560989955) p262.

world that was not known to have existed before the old world. What made Americas new? And for whom was it new? And why were they discovered so late? Continue reading