Essay about Christopher Columbus 's Exploration Of The Sea

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There has been a plethora of opinions about who and when America was actually discovered that have been pondered over for several centuries by scholars and historians. History plays a significant role in providing a comprehensive understanding about our past, furthermore it also assists in dealing with current issues. For instance, in 2002 Elizabeth Kolbert wrote an article to substantiate the many questionings on Columbus and she states that the, “notion of discovery, was being reevaluated” (206). The history and the philosophy that has been taught on Christopher Columbus’s exploration of the sea that led to the discovery of America. Contrary to what has been demonstrated in the teachings about Columbus in the past, further investigation by historical scholars are discovering this was inaccurate and in fact, his quest was to locate an optimized route for trade leading to Asia. However, during his endeavors to find a direct route to Asia he landed on the “The Caribbean Islands” which are located southeast of North America. In fact, the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia 2016 reflects this error on Columbus’s part it states, “European navigator who sailed west across the Atlantic Ocean in search for a route to Asia but achieved fame by making landfall, instead, in the Caribbean islands of North America” (1). These inaccuracies maybe even misrepresentations in his writings about the islands that he located and even making assertion that he arrived in the Indies due to…

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