Explorers and Expeditions
When did the pilgrams discover the Americas?
Asked in History, Politics & Society, Puritans
Why did the Pilgrams and the Puritans leave Europe for the Americas?
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Who was the first person to discover the Americas?
Who was the first explorer to discover that the Americas weren't part of Asia?
In what year did Christopher Columbus discover the Americas?
Who was the first European to discover the Americas?
For all practical purposes, Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover the Americas. This being said with the understanding that the islands he landed on in the Caribbean Sea were and are part of the Americas. It is acknowledged that there is a semblance of a case that the Americas were first discovered by Lief Erricson. If so, they had no impact compared to the Columbus voyages.