Until the 15th century nobody knew that there was a continent across
the Atlantic. The first and most famous of these explorers was
Christopher Columbus whose voyage of exploration finally brought
the Americans and Europeans in contact. Columbus was born in 1447
in Genoa, Italy; he was a son of a wool comber. He spent eight years
seeking to be financed for his trip to explore the Indies across Atlantic
Ocean. Christopher Columbus, a Genoese sailor, believed that sailing
west across the Atlantic Ocean was the shortest sea route to Asia.
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