News flash my friend .... Chris Columbus never discovered the New World , as in America ... The history books are just full of little lies , aren't they ?
America was first discovered by Mongolian explorers way before ole' Chris ever even set sail in the Santa Maria ... All Columbus ( not even his real name by the way , http://spanish.about.com/library/questions/aa-q-columbus.htm ) ever discovered was India .... His discovery of America is a myth , just like the Apollo astronauts landing on the moon in '69 is a myth ... Just a bit of American folklore for the gullible masses .
News flash, we can add history and geography to the subjects straydog will make grand pronouncements about whilst getting the important facts wrong.
It is true the Columbus is an Anglicised version of his name. It is also true that he was not the first to discover the New World but rather re-discovered it. However the fact that he discovered India... good grief straydog!
India was already well know to Europeans who had trade routes with it. Columbus was trying to find a Western route to Asia when he discovered the West Indies.
For future reference straydog: India is the vast triangular land mass attached to Asia. The West Indies are the group of islands in the Caribbean Sea.