That is.common, incorrect myth that Columbus never actually reached America,. He did reach reach the continent, just not on his first voyage, but on his 3rd voyage.OK, so everyone agrees that the Vikings/Norse/Scandinavians were first. Despite that, the impact of the Norwegians/Vikings, et al, discovery was negligible. I don’t really care about Columbus - he never made landfall in North America - and I’m not sure how savory a character he was, or exactly what country he was from, but, no matter - he certainly never set foot in North America.
Columbus reached South America on his 3rd voyage, and explored the Orinoco River among other places.
Voyages of Christopher Columbus - Wikipedia