|A map of trade routes used from 1300 to 1600|
I'm serious. I mean, the man was completely mistaken about where he was, and he refused to believe otherwise. Columbus' travels resulted in the enslavement of several groups of people, and the extinction of more than one civilization. Plus, he was not the first person to discover the "New World"; the Vikings landed here centuries earlier. And the Vikings were not the first people over here either.
A modern replica of a Viking ship. This ship is of the snekkja longship type.
Attribution: archiwum własne wikingów, Jarmeryk