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Important American History: Who Found America?

This news story was published on May 14, 2021.
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Though the American continent is now one of the most important continents in the world when it comes to natural resources, geopolitical power, culture and more, it was once a land that was left wholly undiscovered by the Western World. 

Of course, the men and women who called the Americas home before the arrival of Christopher Columbus have beautiful culture, incredible technology and powerful beliefs. However, the path of the continent was completely changed due to his arrival onto the continent. 

Let’s break down the major moments in Columbus’ life that led to him becoming the first European to ever step foot on the American continent. Now your family has the answer to the question, “Who found America?

Early life

In the year 1451, Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy. While little is known about his early life, he began his career on the seas as a seaman in the Portuguese merchant marines. After surviving a shipwreck in the year 1476, he settled down in Lisbon, Portugal.

Leading to his first voyage

Between the years 1482 and 1485, Columbus continued his career on the open ocean, working on a trade ship along the coasts of West Africa. It is during this time that he begins to learn the trade wings of the Atlantic ocean and begins to seek support to reach the Eastern world by sailing westward over what was – at the time – believed to be open sea.

After being rejected by King John II of Portugal, Columbus sought royal patronage from the Spanish crown. 

First voyage

Finally, Columbus gained financial backing from the Spanish crown and set sail heading west across the Atlantic in the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa Maríaon ships. On August 3, 1492, Columbus touched grown on the Bahamas.

He continued sailing along the coasts of Cuba and modern-day Haiti and Dominican Republic. The riches he brought back to Spain in January 1493 promptly convinced the crown that another voyage was necessary. 

Second voyage

Columbus departed with a massive fleet of 17 ships in September 1493 and return to the Caribbean to erect several cities. What is most fascinating about this time is that Columbus was still sure he had reached the Far East in his voyages. In 1494, Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, spilling the Western Hemisphere between them.

Third and Fourth Voyages

The third and final voyages of Columbus’ life were not as successful as his first two. He antagonized native chiefs and even Spanish settlers and was once returned to Spain in chains. In his final voyage, he managed to sail all the way to Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. He failed on his final promise to find a straight across the continue to India. He returned to Spain for the final time in 1504 and passed away in Valladolid, Spain in 1506.


Columbus had an incredible life that was filled with great achievement and horrible wrongdoing. Whatever way you split it, there is no doubt that he was one of the most impactful men of his time.

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9 Responses to Important American History: Who Found America?

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 20, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    A lot of emotion, but no facts to refute my claim. Tell me how the native Americans or blacks in Africa improved their life style before the white man came. If you have a more accurate version of history, let’s hear it.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 20, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    The first people living in America were nothing more than rats and cockroaches. They lived here how many years and did nothing to better or improve themselves. Just like the blacks in Africa. Been there millions of years and still living in grass huts, crapping in the streams, and then drinking the water. Columbus brought civilization to America and other countries tried to bring civilization to Africa. Unfortunately the blacks do not have the intelligence or the morals to understand or practice civilized life.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 20, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      You don’t have morals, intelligence or civility so how in the h did you get in? Your version of history is taken from the trump university courses I would venture to guess. Crawl back into the sewer.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 20, 2021 at 9:09 pm

        You showed a lot of emotion, but not much in objective rationale in trying to combat my claims. Just how did the native Americans or the blacks in Africa improve their life style before the white man came? If you’re not happy with what I posted, refute it with examples. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s not true.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 19, 2021 at 7:15 am

    Why was being a slave trader left out of this information.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 20, 2021 at 7:33 am

      Awww…did you just try to play your itty-bitty race card?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 20, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Just wanted to fit in with the “indigenous people” that had slaves from conquered tribes.
      They were slave owners.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 14, 2021 at 8:08 pm


    News story is wrong, Christopher Columbus wasn’t the first European to ever step foot on the American continent.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 14, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Norway officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe.

    The first Norwegians in North America arrived in Newfoundland with Leif Erikson around 1000 AD.