North America was discovered by the Genoese/Spanish adventurer Christopher Columbus as the Europeans tried to find a new route to India in 1492.
On 3rd August 1492 Columbus launched his adventure with three ships Santa Maria,the flagship, Pinta and the Nina from the harbor of Palos. The adventure was financed by by an aragonese official Santaguel. He first sailed to the south to the Canary Islands and then westwards . In October they landed in the Bahamas Islands, and later visited Cuba, Haiti, mistaking these islands for a part of India. In 1493, Columbus was declared the administrator of the Indians, however he did not manage them well and died in 1506 <br>