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Christopher Columbus

What did Columbus do?

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2015-12-29 20:41:14

He sailed across the ocean blue. In fourteen hundred and

ninety-two.

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.


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