I agree with you Nuclearguy... My answer was not to you... because you have proved more than one time. you write knowing what you write (+1) ... It was for other people.. think in Ameria were Chinese, Polish, British, Irish, Swedish, Danish etc etc... Colón wanted to arrive to Asia... our dear Tulius is right.. word India in 15th-19th Century had different meaning.. not exaclty what "India" means from 20th Century.... Alaska, Idaho, Illinois were INDIES...as "Indies" as Calcutta, Bombay or Delhi.Perhaps, but it just seems inexplicable that Columbus genuinely thought he had arrived in the Indies when there was clearly not enough ‘hustle and bustle’ to be anything like what those or India and China were supposed to be like in their minds, as described by Europeans who had been there mostly by land, such as Marco Polo. There were also not nearly enough of or the right kind of spices to be anything like even the vague concept of what Europeans had of the Indies.
However, I also cannot accept the idea that Columbus was just a complete, lucky idiot because he was clearly and evidently very adept at many of the things he did. He was deluded and megalomaniacal in some ways, of course, but then so were Alexander and Napoleon who, like Columbus, also happened to be poor administrators but great at most everything else they set themselves to.