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Contrary to the common myth that Christopher Columbus "discovered" America, he was not the first European to reach North America; that honor arguably belongs to Leif Erikson, who landed in North American locations in modern-day Canada and during the second century C.E.,...


The first European settlers landed in Hispaniola, now known as the Dominican Republic, in the town of Isabella, around 1493, shortly after Columbus’ first journey. Explorers had previously landed here in 1492. Spaniards established other settlements in Santo Domingo and...


There were a multitude of reasons why various European immigrants traveled to the Americas, but two of the biggest reasons were economic opportunity and freedom from religious persecution.


The three main reasons for European exploration of the North American continent were finding an alternate passageway to China and the eastern trade markets, the exploitation of labor and resources in the new world and spreading European-style civilization. In addition t...


Founded in 1636, Harvard is the first institution of higher learning in the United States. Harvard was established by the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and was originally named New College.


North America consists of 23 wholly independent countries, which include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central American countries and Caribbean island countries. North America's southern border is where Panama meets Colombia, and water borders everywhere else. Spec...


Many people think Christopher Columbus discovered North America in 1492. However, archaeological evidence surfaced in 1960 that proved that the Vikings, specifically an explorer named Leif Eriksson, discovered North America nearly 500 years prior, in 1,000 A.D.