Why Was Christopher Columbus A Hero
Christopher Columbus is an important figure to American history. Although he is known for being the first to discover the Americas, this is not true. Columbus discovered the West Indies, which today is known as the Bahamas. His discovery would still change the world.
Columbus was a sailor who believed that the Atlantic Ocean was a narrow channel of water separating Europe from Asia. He wanted to prove his theory true because he knew if he did he would be a hero for discovering another way to get to Asia. After 6 long years, he was funded by royal support from Spanish King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Columbus was then able to set sail with his three ships the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria in August 1492. After the six week, three thousand mile journey, Columbus finally landed on what he believed to be Asia. But in reality it was an Island today known as the Bahamas. He called the Island the West Indies. Here he was greeted by the natives, what he called Indians. He claimed the West Indies as Spanish land, and then explored the other islands around the West Indies. Columbus then returned to Spain in 1506 with great honor.
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