Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12, 1492. It was by accident, though. The explorer had been looking for an easier route from Europe to Asia when he came across the huge land that no one from Europe even knew about.
Christopher Columbus was the son of a wool merchant and was believed to have been born in Genoa, Italy in 1451. He started working on a merchant ship as a young teenager and continued working on the sea until pirates attacked his ship in 1476. Although his boat sank, he was able to reach shore safely by floating on a scrap of wood.
Christopher Columbus was eventually arrested for managing the settlement so poorly. They dropped most of the charges against him, but Columbus wasn’t allowed to keep his noble titles. He died in 1506.