Why was America not named after its discoverer Christopher Columbus?


Christopher Columbus is one of the navigators who began the colonization of the New World by Europeans. He made the first expeditions to America and prepared maps of a previously unknown continent.

The discovered continent was named after Amerigo Vespucci. Florentine sailor

By that time, Christopher Columbus had visited the future America three times: in 1493, 1494 and 1496. However, all this time, the traveler believed that he was not visiting a new continent, but India, a country to which he had to find a short western route. It was for this purpose that he received money for the expedition from the Spanish crown.

In turn, Amerigo Vespucci, leading another expedition to the New World, doubted the conclusions of Columbus. The Spaniards sailed 3,000 km along the coast of South America, but never found the end of the land.

It is worth noting that, in addition to Columbus and Vespuchi, other navigators explored the New World: Vicente Yanes, Rodrigo de Bastidas, Pedro Cabral and many others. They also made geographical maps, brought gold and pearls, but were forgotten by historians.

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