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I think this question is conflating two things: whether Columbus thought he had found the Indies, and whether he thought he might have also discovered a new continent. Did Columbus think for the rest of his life he had sailed to the Indies1? Yes he did. Columbus appears to have been one of those people who believes things that they want to be true, ...


His round-trip routes were suspiciously perfect. For him to think it was actually India would have been a gross miscalculation of the planet's diameter. He must have at the very least allowed for the possibility that the land he discovered was, in fact, a separate continent: he did have an imagination. As for him refusing stubbornly to admit it, he must ...

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