What did Columbus do?
He sailed across the ocean blue. In fourteen hundred and
Sailing for the king and queen of Spain, Italian-born Columbus
was looking for a passage to China without going around the tip of
Africa or across the Middle East on land. Using erroneous figures
for the Earth's circumference, he thought that he could reach Asia
by sailing west across the Atlantic. As far as he knew, the giant
ocean west of Europe and Africa was the same giant ocean that was
east of China and Southeast Asia.
He ended up landing in the Americas, which he did not realize
was a new world until much later. The islands of the Caribbean were
eventually named the West Indies, a reference to the East Indies
islands of Indonesia, the Philippines, and New Guinea.