Well I think this is a valid question.
Ignoring the fact that... well, people were already living there and as such it seems kind of odd to say you discovered something that was already discovered, why are people thought that Columbus was the one who discovered America? Even excluding the native indians, the aztecs and incas... wasn't it the vikings who discovered America first? They even founded hunting towns in Newfoundland and even on the mainland of what today is Canada and called the land Vinland and Markland. And this was all made hundreads of years before Columbus even was born.
What do you think of this?
Edit: Ok, some things I want to lay straight:
-even in university I got teachers trying to shove the idea that Columbus discovered America, which is why, as you may see, I made this thread, I didn't know in other places they actually teach it better with the vikings, the chinese and the polynisians.
-native americans, indians, yes, I called them native indians. Mistakes happen.
-to everyone saying "because Europe made history", vikings are not from Asia or Africa. And they were civilized, in fact the french justice system has to thank them as I understood, as they used to pillage northern France until the king gave them some land there in Normandy, where they settled and then the french saw how every time the vikings had an argument they'd sue eachother, something the kind of France found awesome and adopted.
-in fact most of the cultures were civilized, from the native "countries", the Inca Empire had a really great redistribution system of goods in particular, the spanish had luck in fact because the emperor had just died and the two sons were thinking who can rule the empire, the spanish may not have been so succesful otherwise there.
-I understand that history is made by the winners, so then it's understandable why the natives were considered less important, but vikings would have been the perfect example, in fact the Vatican could have used them by saying "Look, we civilized this savages and now look what they managed, isn't this great?"