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.
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen