Italian seafarer at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries. He was born in Genoa. His dream was to sail west to Asia. For his purpose, he gained the Spanish throne, which financed the trip.
In 1492 he landed in the Bahamas , he thought it was Japan . Among other things, he discovered Venezuela and Central America. Although he is considered the discoverer of the American continent, the Vikings landed in the north of the continent before him. However, Columbus began regular journeys to the American continent and helped boost European colonization. Columbus himself never learned that it was a new continent, and until his death he thought it was India .