This Week In History: Wk 41 (12 October 1492)
Columbus Reaches The "New World"
Christopher Columbus leads the first Europeans to sail across the Atlantic.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus led 3 ships across the Atlantic in search of a short route to Asia. They first found land on an island in The Bahamas in Central America. Columbus referred to the native people living there as "Indians", believing he had actually reached "The Indies" in Asia. He continued to believe this until the end of his life.
sail (verb): go by boat
route (noun): the direction and path taken
island (noun): a piece of land surrounded by water
refer to (someone/something) as (verb): call (as in "give a name to")
The Indies (noun): South and Southeast Asia (such as India, Malaysia and the Philippines)
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey