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Il en est de même de la découverte du Nouveau-Monde.

Does this mean "It's been the same since the discovery of the New World?"

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En être de même means that something (referred to by the en) also applies to something else.

Your sentence thus could be translated into English as

The same applies to the discovery of the New World.

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Merci pour toutes vos explications. Je crois que j'ai besoin d'un dictionnaire meilleur :) – indoxica Jul 11 '13 at 11:48

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