Christopher Columbus started the Little Ice Age! That’s right — not only was that Genoan devil Columbus responsible for unleashing the scourge of Europeans upon the Americas, but now, according to a recent study released by researchers at University College London (UCL), he was also responsible for causing climate change.
You see, Columbus’s discovery of the New World brought disease from Europe that unleashed a genocide upon millions of Indigenous Peoples™ whose disappearance subsequently resulted in a massive overgrowth of vegetation across previously farmed land in Central, South, and North America. This surge in forestation tanked global CO2 levels, which in turn cooled the planet and threw it into a mini ice age.
Evidently, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution, with its massive increase in the burning of fossil fuels, that enough CO2 was produced to reverse the cooling trend.
Now that pesky…
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