The Discovery Of The New World

1178 Words Sep 27th, 2015 5 Pages
America, the third largest country in the world, is a place that most people desire to live in. It is filled with fifty states and each with plentiful opportunities spread amongst it. America is considered the "land of opportunity" because it gives opportunities to immigrants that their country cannot provide them with such as: economic stability and educational resources. America is also known today as the melting pot because so many cultures have mixed together in one country to enjoy the same free lifestyle! The important question that everyone should be asking is, who discovered this extraordinary country that everyone enjoys the luxuries of today? To answer that question, Christopher Columbus is credited with the discovery of “The New World” as we know today as America. He is referred to as one of the greatest discovers’ during the Age of Discovery. Christopher Columbus is an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. He was born in 1451 in the Republic of Genoa, Italy. He was the son of a wool merchant. When he was barely in his adolescent years, he worked with his father but later went to sea at the age of fourteen. He was at sea until a tragic event happened in 1470. His journey ended when French pioneers attacked his ship as it was sailing along the coast in Portugal. His boat went down, but he swam to shore and found his way to Lisbon, which is the capital and largest city in Portugal. While there, he studied mathematics, astronomy, cartography, and navigation.…
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