There are lots of strong opinions, believe you me.Organicbeekeepers had quite a "discussion" about it not too long ago.
My opinion, based on what I have been taught and what I have found in research on my own is that Apis mellifera mellifera was brought to this continent along with many other non-native plants and animals. Such as three plants that I heard something about today that I think is neat. Kohlrabbi, ruhbarb and the pointsettia were all three introduced to this north american continent by thwe same person, whose name I didn't get into my memory bank, sorry.
There is my opinion(what? is that peggjam coming? i'd better duck.). You asked.
Just because something is new to you, doesn't mean it is new, or revolutionary. Mark Berninghausen