Did Columbus discover America?

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The first humans in the Americas (North and South) were Asians who came in around 16,000 years ago via what is now called Alaska. Before that there were no humans anywhere in the Americas.

    It is possible that a voyage by Irish monks around AD 600 saw part of North America, but the story is very uncertain.

    Vikings certainly did see part of North America around the year AD 1000, but the story of that voyage did not reach across Europe.

    Columbus first saw some of the Caribbean islands in AD 1497, and on later voyages saw parts of Central and South America. He did not see North America (part of which is now the USA). That "discovery" started the large European interest in the Americas, chiefly by Spain and Portugal in the first hundred years (hence "Latin America").

  • 1 month ago

    He never set foot on what is considered American soil. He was in the Bahamas.

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No he did not discover America. He only discovered the Caribbean and called them the West Indies as he believed he has sailed to India. North America was discovered by Leif Ericson in the 10th century and there is archaeological evidence of a Viking settlement in Newfoundland from that era. Apparently the local Indians caused them so much trouble the Vikings gave up and moved away. It was Spanish who followed Columbus' that actually first sighted North and South America a couple years later by sailing a bit further who were the first Spanish to see America.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No but he was the first European to see the Americas. Later when Europeans colonized America they wrote in history books and taught the children born here that Columbus discovered America. That's why we're still stuck with that piece of misinformation. We all know how Europeans like to claim they invented and discovered everything.

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  • 1 month ago

    NO, the Vikings did many years before Columbus.

  • 1 month ago

    No he only landed on the Caribbean islands

    John Cabot and his men explored Newfoundland and as far south as Maine

  • 1 month ago

    It depends how you look at it. Technically Native Americans discovered America when they crossed the ice bridge and set foot in North America long before Columbus was ever born. If you only are only counting Europeans, there are viking artifacts found in Canada which vastly out-date Columbus's arrival. The vikings also set up colonies there so Columbus wasn't even the first at that. As well as this, Columbus only explored South America and some Caribbean Islands. He never actually set foot on the mainland of North America.

    What Columbus did do was be the first European to successfully "conquer" a portion of the Americas, enslaving and raping many of the natives. He got credit for "discovering America" because he was the first to set up a trade route for slaves and goods.

    So I guess it depends on the definition of "discover", but he definitely wasn't the first one to make it there.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    NO HE DID NOT, HE STOLE IT FROM THE NATIVE AMERICANS WHO WERE HERE FIRST. Columbus day is a joke and it has everyone brainwashed in to thinking its something to celebrate but really native american people were raped, slaughtered, and slaved. That does not sound like a "HOLIDAY" I'd want to celebrate, being native american myself.

    • brontewcat1 month agoReport

      You make some good points. The day Europeans established the first colony in Australia is celebrated as Australia’s national holiday. Many Aboriginal Australians protest this holiday. Why would native Americans see Columbus Day as a day of celebration.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Some native Americans were present in the continent.

  • 1 month ago

    He discovered the americas, yes

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