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        Christopher Columbus Landing at San Salvadore, 19th Century Painting

        This is a painting of the 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus and his crew landing at San Salvadore. In this 19th-century painting, the artist has imagined what it must have looked like for the Spanish sailors to have scrambled up the beach with banners and religious implements to meet the indigenous peoples living there. Columbus was not trying to reach North America, but was trying to find a better sea route to Asia and the East Indies.

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