Columbus really didn’t discover what we Americans call America. He landed in the Bahamas and later what was called Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic). On his return voyages he went further south to Central and South America. So why do we claim that Columbus discovered America?
In May of 1497, another Italian, Giovanni Caboto (or John Cabot) left Bristol, England headed west to find Asia. He, like Columbus before him, had been commissioned by a country that was not his birth country (England in this case).
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