Why did Columbus believe he had reached Asia when he had actually traveled less than halfway there?


He misinterpreted others. Columbus believed both Polo & Mandeville had gone "far beyond the eastern lands described by Ptolemy and Marinus.Thus, the huge Asian land mass must push further into the narrow Ocean Sea. A trip across was surely possible.

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