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Christopher Columbus

Why did Christopher Columbus sail?

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2016-10-21 18:07:48

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


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