If Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, how did he not run into the American Revolution when he got there?

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On the off-chance that this is a serious question that was posted, the answer is that Christopher Columbus approached the western hemisphere hundreds of years before the American Revolution. Columbus, who was seeking a new passage to the East Indies, but stumbled upon North America instead. In fact, what Columbus "discovered" was the island of Hispaniola, today divided between Haiti and Dominican Republic and lying near Cuba. While Columbus' voyage is credited with initiating the Spanish colonization of much of the Americas, these events all, as noted, occurred many years before the British colonies along the Atlantic seaboard began agitating for independence from the English Crown. Columbus' arrival in the "New World" occurred in 1492. The Continental Congress declared independence from Britain in 1776, initiating the Revolutionary War.

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