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Christopher Columbus.An Italian sailor who tried to reach the east by sailing westwards. It took Columbus 8 years to get anyone to give him money for ships and sailors. Eventually the King of Spain did. In 1492, he sailed with three ships called the Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria. Columbus was out of sight of land for longer than anyone else before him. Eventually he sighted land and realised he had discovered a new island. It was in fact what we now call the Caribbean. Columbus died in 1506. He never did achieve his goal of reaching the East.John Cabot.John Cabot was an Italian sailor, who, in 1497, set out from Bristol to reach Asia by sailing across the northern part of what we now call the Atlantic Ocean. He eventually landed in Canada having made the same mistake as Columbus before him. It was important for the explorers to