Columbus thought he landed in Asia but where did he actually land?

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When Christopher Columbus reached the New World on October 12, 1492, he thought he had reached Asia and found a western trade route to China and India. However, later explorers (such as Amerigo Vespucci) realized Columbus had not actually reached Asia. Instead, Columbus, the Admiral of the Ocean, had discovered a new continent: North America. In fact, Columbus had become the first known European to sail to the Bahamas.

Because early maps of the New World were inaccurate, historians disagree about where exactly Columbus landed. We know the natives called the island on which he landedĀ Guanahani, and that Columbus named it San Salvador (Holy Savior). Historians think the island on which Columbus landed was most likely San Salvador Island, Plana Cays, or Samana Cay.


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