The Italian fellow, sailing for Spanish crown after others rejected him, and looking for the riches of Asia. What can go wrong?
Well, he didn’t get to Asia, not even close. For a period of time he was convinced otherwise.
Where he landed was a small island in today’s Bahamas.
He is Christopher Columbus.
While very likely he is not the first European to land in the New World, with the Vikings beating him by about 500 years, he is credited for having “discovered” the New World on October 12, 1492.
Columbus made four voyages to the Americas between 1492 and 1504, mostly exploring the Caribbean island, northern parts of South America and parts of Central America.
This Allard map from 1699 has a good representation of the Americas, well, except for the unexplored northern portions and California being shown as an island.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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