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How would earth's history have played out if there was an extra continent in the middle of the Atlantic, about the size of India, between Europe and North America? Columbus would have landed there first before his arrival to America, and discovered it, by the way. It is a temperate continent, with large amounts of gold and other precious metals, similar wildlife to Europe, and inhabited by strange, elflike creatures that avoid humans.

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    $\begingroup$ This is too broad to answer. At the very least, we'd need a description of what's ON the new continent. And is "Columbus landed there first" a statement or an assumption? Odds are quite good someone would've discovered (and maybe colonized) such a continent long béfore Columbus. Can you expand on the question somewhat? $\endgroup$ – Erik Apr 28 '15 at 19:21
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    $\begingroup$ Greenland's about 75% the size of India. Does that count? $\endgroup$ – Resonating Apr 28 '15 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ Spain or Portugal? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tordesillas $\endgroup$ – Vincent Apr 28 '15 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ America was visited/discovered almost a good 100 years prior to Columbus by Spanish ships, by vikings prior to that, and potentially Phoenician prior to that...if we insist Columbus discovered North American in todays timeline, there is no reason we couldn't do the same with this one regardless. There could be a 1 million strong Roman colony there and we'd still say Columbus discovered it. $\endgroup$ – Twelfth Apr 28 '15 at 23:13
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    $\begingroup$ @Erik: As indeed happened with Iceland. Now imagine that the continent is just the mid-Atlantic ridge, but a few thousand feet higher. Would have been settled by the Norse, assuming the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, or other early seafaring cultures hadn't gotten there first. $\endgroup$ – jamesqf Apr 28 '15 at 23:15