Where did Christopher Columbus land?

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Christopher Columbus was an Italian ship captain and explorer who made a number of voyages to the New World in service to the Spanish crown. When Christopher Columbus set off on his first voyage across the Atlantic, he believed he was heading for Asia ("the Indies"), and for all his...

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Christopher Columbus was an Italian ship captain and explorer who made a number of voyages to the New World in service to the Spanish crown. When Christopher Columbus set off on his first voyage across the Atlantic, he believed he was heading for Asia ("the Indies"), and for all his life insisted that he had, indeed, landed there. Such was his insistence that he termed the native peoples he met "Indians." Of course, we know today that the lands he visited were islands of the Caribbean, the coast of South America, and Central America. Columbus and his men named the first island they visited San Salvador. There is some dispute whether the island currently bearing the name is the same Columbus visited, as records from the time aren't very precise when it comes to location. Regardless of where the island actually is—or was—Columbus's first footfalls in the New World were made on San Salvador.

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