Christopher Columbus is definitely one of the greatest explorers this world has ever known. In one of his four voyagers across the Atlantic, he landed to America believing he found an alternative way to the Indies.
But did he ever realise that this was not the case?
Although we can’t be 100 percent sure, it is believed that he never did. Christopher Columbus died in 1506 without ever knowing that the land he settled on during his 4th exploration was America and not East Indies. The first doubts about America being a new continent came from Amerigo Vespucci and the first ever map that contained the New WORLD was published in 1507, a year after Columbu’s death. The map was designed by the German cartographer, Martin Waldseemüller who’s credited with the first recorded usage of the word ‘America’; a tribute to Amerigo Vespucci.
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Photo: Landing of Columbus (12 October 1492) – John Vanderlyn