(1451-1506) an Italian sailor and explorer who many people think of as the first European to discover America, in 1492. He arrived in America by accident when he was trying to find a new way to Asia by sailing west from Spain. Most people now think that the first discovery of America by Europeans was about 500 years earlier, by the Norwegian Leif Ericsson
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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