Italian explorer sailing for Spain. First spotted Carribean Islands on October 11, 1492, landing on San Salvador. Thinking he had reached Asia he name the area the Indies and called the inhabitants Indians. He captured many natives and later sold them into slavery. He made 4 trips to the New World.
Portuguese explorer who sailed from Lisbon on July 8, 1497, heading east then south, skirting the west coast of Africa. He rounded the Cape of Good Hope on Novemember 22 and reached India May 29, 1498.