The idea that most people believed the Earth was flat before Christopher Columbus is a myth, that is often propounded by flat earthers. Going back to the ancient Greeks, most people thought the earth was round. Pythagoras first proposed the earth was round, and Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth quite accurately! Perhaps people confuse the round Earth idea with the idea that the Earth revolves around the Sun, something most people did not believe before Nicolaus Copernicus proved it.
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