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Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus (Italian: Cristoforo Colombo [kriˈstɔːforo koˈlombo]; 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. Born in the Republic of Genoa, under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages and his efforts to establish settlements on the island of Hispaniola initiated the permanent European colonization of the New World.

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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

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