Why did Christopher Columbus sail?
Christopher Columbus was looking for a western route to what was
called "The Indies (China, Japan and the Spice Islands) so that
Spain could trade with those regions without dealing with the
Portuguese monopolies along the eastern route or the Islamic states
along the Silk road. He thought the world was much smaller than it
is, so didn't expect to find a new continent. Indeed he never
realised that he had found somewhere new, he thought he had arrived
at China or the Indies.
Columbus was looking for a faster trade route to Asia to make
transportation more profitable. He was trying to find a western
route, a quicker trade route, to get spices and riches for Spain
and impress the monarchs who had sent him. Columbus mistakenly
believed the Atlantic Ocean was much smaller than it really is, and
when he first landed on an island in the Bahamas, believed he had
reached the East Indies. When he saw the dark-skinned people
(Native Americans), he called them "Indians" It was a total
accident. A: He wanted to find a knew way to get
to the east. He thought it was faster.
It is reported he had read the works of Marco Polo. I think he
wanted fame and riches and that was his primary reason.
he sailed to the US because he was looking for a new route to
get to India but instead he found the US. Thats why native
americans are considerd Native/ Indian Americans. he called them
"los indios" meaning "the indians" because he thought he had found