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Chris Columbus

False ideas about Columbus? He didn't discover North America. Contemporaries believe he'd cross the world's edge.
What idea did Columbus die with? That he had found the route to Asia.
What're four myths Columbus created? World was flat and the edge full of sea monsters. Queen Isabella of Spain had to sell her jewels to finance Columbus' voyage. Columbus undertaking was so risky that jail makes became his crew. Sailed to the new world in the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
In what two ways was Columbus "lucky"? Managed to avoid bad weather. Missed the gulf stream.
How far was Asia actually from Canary Islands? 3x3,300 nautical miles.
Where did Columbus always think he was when he landed in America? The islands off the coast of Asia.
What great leader of China did he try to find each time? Great Khan.
Why did people in Europe begin to doubt that Columbus had found China? Failed to return with gold and silks from the Far East.
Did Columbus die a penniless pauper? No.
Would he have set sail if he had known America was there? No.