Home > Education & Reference > Homework Help > Who discovered america?

Who discovered america?

  • Answers
  • Look - if you go back far enough in history then everyone is an immigrant to everywhere. It depends on where you want to stop your search. Who discovered America cannot be answered, unless you define what time period to use, and qualify what "discovered" entails.

    Who came to the Americas over a "land bridge" way before European explorers? The people you call Native Americans.

    Who likely landed in the Americas around 1000AD? Leif Erikson

    Who discovered America for the Europeans during their period of major exploration in the 1400s, but thought he had landed in the East Indies? Christopher Columbus. This is why Native Americans are sometimes called Indians. He thought he was in East India.

    Who discovered America wasn't the East Indies, but was another place, shortly after Columbus? Amerigo Vespucci.

    There may have been people before, after, and in between all of those people. There is no way to know without a full recorded history of every travel, or full archaeological evidence. There is likely only one place in the entire world where people are "native" to a place, and that is wherever the first humans began - via creation, evolution over time, or whatever really happened or you choose to believe. Every other place in the world was settled, resettled, warred over, and settled again via travelers, nomads, tribes, nations, and armies.

    Otherwise, people native to a place are those born in a place, regardless of how long ago their ancestors arrived in said place.

    You will get answers from people with a bias. Some people will say Native Americans found America. Some people will say there is evidence that Africans found America. Some people say America was found when Europeans settled it. Some people will say all of the Earth's continents were connected at one time. If that's the case then those people probably walked around the land now known as America. Honestly, there is no way to know who the first person was that stepped foot on the land called America. Instead, you have to choose a qualified answer to meet your criteria or bias.
    Dante · 7 46
  • Americans get a day off work on October 10 to celebrate Columbus Day. It's an annual holiday that commemorates the day on October 12, 1492, when the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus officially set foot in the Americas, and claimed the land for Spain. It has been a national holiday in the United States since 1937.

    It is commonly said that "Columbus discovered America." It would be more accurate, perhaps, to say that he introduced the Americas to Western Europe during his four voyages to the region between 1492 and 1502. It's also safe to say that he paved the way for the massive influx of western Europeans that would ultimately form several new nations including the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    But to say he "discovered" America is a bit of a misnomer because there were plenty of people already here when he arrived.

    And before Columbus?

    So who were the people who really deserve to be called the first Americans? VOA asked Michael Bawaya, the editor of the magazine American Archaeology. He told VOA that they came here from Asia probably "no later than about 15,000 years ago."

    They walked across the Bering land bridge that back in the day connected what is now the U.S. state of Alaska and Siberia. Fifteen-thousand years ago, ocean levels were much lower and the land between the continents was hundreds of kilometers wide.
    Beringia land bridge

    Beringia land bridge

    The area would have looked much like the land on Alaska's Seward Peninsula does today: treeless, arid tundra. But despite its relative inhospitality, life abounded there.
    chioma · 1 21
  • Christopher Columbus Discovered America in 1492.
    Jakirseo · 1 2
  • Christopher Columbus Discovered America in 1492.
    sanjana · 3 10

You may also want to know

  • who discovered America?

    ...would be the first humans to discover North America. The theory then says that they... first Europeans who saw the Western He...

  • Who discovered America and when?

    ...bridge, the early polynesians who ended up in South America thousands of years... in 1492, all of them discovered America

  • Who discovered America and when?

    ...America you mean "The Americas" (i.e. North or South America) Gunnbjörn Ulfsson, who first sighted islands...

  • Who discovered America?

    ... Colombus didn't "discover" America exactly, he certainly brought these continents to the attention of Europe, who

  • who discovered america?

    Lots of people discovered America. The Vikings were here we know. Perhaps the...if not for the European conquest of North and South

  • who discovered america?

    ... Columbus discovered "The New ...he never set foot upon North America, finding only the ... aboard his fleet who wrote do...

  • Who discovered America ?

    ... an Italian navigator, colonizer, and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean...of the Western Hemisphere and of the American

  • who discovered america?

    ...because they were here first and Columbus was the intruder who took the credit for the discovery of America! Now I realize wh...

  • who discovered america?

    ... among the FIRST to discover it. It was groups... the entire region with 'native Americans'. After that, it ...of Norse f...

  • who discovered america??????????

    ... that place the presence of early humans in the Americas further back than previously thought: around 40,000 years ago. The discovery...