"it was reasonable to assume Christopher Columbus must have been a Briton"

Ridolfo Ghirlandaio Columbus
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The discovery by Italian Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) of the American continents precipitated the European colonization of the New World.

Francis Drake (1540-1596) was a pirate, captain, politician, privateer and slave, and the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe (1577–1580).

Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) was a soldier, courtier, explorer and poet who did much to proliferate the legend surrounding El Dorado.