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New evidence is often coming to light, detailing aspects of history we'd never assumed were incorrect. Christopher Columbus and his crew (see other post by Sherry Bui) may have discovered The New World early on, but the article I've listed show at least another Italian explorer by the name of Giovanni Chabotte. Even before him, records indicate that British merchants struck land there beforehand, and I've heard accounts that other groups such as monks and Vikings had come across American soil prior to the Nina, Pinta, or Santa Maria.
Contributed by Bridget LaMonica
According to Guns, Germs and Steel, Christopher may not be the first person who found America. Just within his crew, one of Christopher's crew member assumed that he saw land, however he did not speak up because he was uncertain that he's probably hallucinating from being exhausted from the journey. Christopher later woke everyone up claiming that he found "America." Obviously the credit was given to Columbus because he appropriately announced that he found land.
Contributed by Sherry Bui