Christopher Columbus attempted to sail for the Far East, to the countries which now make up the continent of Asia. He proposed that it would be faster and easier to reach Asia by sailing west rather than east.
Columbus, with the support of the Spanish government, set off on four main expeditions. The purpose of these expeditions was to sail west to reach Asia, but they ended up reaching and colonizing other lands first. Among his four expeditions, Columbus encountered many islands in the Bahamas and the Caribbean before he finally landed on the American continent. He never made it to Asia, and while he gained some accolades for finding the New World, some people in his home country considered him a failure.