10 False Myths From History People Still Believe
Columbus Set Out To Prove The Earth Was Round…
There is still a widespread belief that one of the main aims of Christopher Columbus’ most famous voyage was to try to a skeptical public that the earth was in fact round rather than flat. That is simply not the case though, as knowledge of the shape of the planet had been known for thousands of years after ancient Greek scientists were able to deduce the fact and even estimate the circumference.
…And Discovered America
The other myth surrounding the explorer is that he was primarily responsible for the discovery of America when in fact the continent had long been known. A Norse expedition in the 11th century first hit the land and other voyages from Europe had made contact, though Columbus was responsible for setting up permanent contact with America.