- I came across the suggestion that 'fishermen and others out of Bristol' followed the shoals of fish and were aware of future-America but did not generally mention it as others would muscle in on it - and Christopher Columbus touring for support got some information from them.
Why claims are made
Could mention something about the history of claims being used for imperial purposes: many European nations manufactured claims in the 15th and 16th century to bolster ambitions in the New World. Also linked to more general nationalism and cultural aggrandisement. --Gospatric (talk) 09:57, 5 June 2018 (UTC)