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Vintage globes can be a fascinating collectible item. These globes are not just nice to look at, they actually reflect what the world was like at the point in time in history when they were made. What may be surprising to some is how long globes have actually been around. It is unknown how or why the American myth about Christopher Columbus proving the Earth was round by sailing west from Europe to reach India was started. While it is true that Columbus thought he had landed in India when he reached the Americas therefore, calling the natives Indians , it is not true that he was trying to prove to the rest of Europe that the Earth is a sphere.
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Take these historical globes for a spin, and you may be surprised by what you find. One globe bears unusual markings that indicate sea currents and trade winds crisscrossing major oceans. At three inches in diameter, another globe from is small enough to fit in your pocket.