Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus (1451 – 20 May 1506), Italian Cristoforo Colombo, Spanish Cristóbal Colón, was a master navigator and admiral whose four transatlantic voyages (1492–93, 1493–96, 1498–1500, and 1502–04) opened the way for European exploration of and colonialism in the Americas. He has long been called the discoverer of the Americas, although Vikings, such as Leif Erikson, were there briefly five centuries earlier.

Today, Christopher Columbus may be considered less politically correct, and even a symbol of White supremacism, which has caused effects such that demands that statues should be removed. Regarding such criticisms, see the articles on:

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