Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus (between August 25 and October 31, 1451 – May 20, 1506) was a Genoese navigator, colonizer and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean—funded by Queen Isabella of Spain—led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere. Although not the first to reach the Americas from Europe—he was preceded by the Norse, led by Leif Ericsson, who built a temporary settlement 500 years earlier at L’Anse aux Meadows— Columbus initiated widespread contact between Europeans and indigenous Americans.


P. V. N. Myers A General History for Colleges and High Schools (Boston, MA: Ginn & Company, 1896)


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