Columbus Discovers America

About Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America in 1492.

1492 COLUMBUS DISCOVERS AMERICA

At 2 A.M. on October 12, a sailor on board the ship Pinta sighted a distant limestone cliff in the moonlight. For 88 weary men in 3 little ships who had been sailing for 9 weeks in search of the western coast of Asia under the command of a visionary, charismatic captain named Christopher Columbus, the sight was welcomed as a deliverance. At dawn, Columbus put ashore in full regalia and with banners flying to claim this land (actually, a minor island in the Bahamas) in the name of the King and Queen of Spain. Members of his crew, who had been talking of mutiny for several days, now fell at his feet and begged for forgiveness. But was Columbus the real discoverer of America? According to Norse sagas, Leif the Lucky, son of Erik (Leif Erikson) was blown off course on a voyage from Greenland and drifted to North America around the year 1000. Yet the accounts in Viking sagas are both contradictory and inconclusive.

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