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Speaker: Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum
Presented by Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum
About the presentation:
He is credited for discovering the Americas in 1492, although we know today people were there long before him. His real achievement was that he opened the door for more exploration to a New World. We know that in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. But what did he actually discover? Christopher Columbus (also known as Cristoforo Colombo in Italian and Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) was an Italian explorer credited with the “discovery” of the Americas. The purpose for his voyages was to find a passage to Asia by sailing west. Never actually accomplishing this mission, his explorations mostly included the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America, all of which were already inhabited by Native groups.
Columbus never made it to Asia, nor did he truly discover America. His “re-discovery,” however, inspired a new era of exploration of the American continents by Europeans. Perhaps his greatest contribution was that his voyages opened an exchange of goods between Europe and the Americas both during and long after his journeys. Despite modern criticism of his treatment of the native peoples, there is no denying that his expeditions changed both Europe and America.