Why does Christopher Columbus get so much publicity and attention?
He was just a pawn in a major chess game of power and wealth by Spain. Spain had very little to lose if three ships went out into the Atlantic looking for a shortcut and sank. History shows that a very minor investment by the royals paid major financial dividends -- gold, land and natural resources.
Lets be candid. The land mass of the Americas could not have been hidden forever. Major navel powers of Europe and Asia were crossing oceans.
What I recommend is that instead of focusing on a ship captain that was lost - no, not Gilligan's Island skipper -- that we examine closely at what philosophies of physical, social and cultural domination were put in place by the Spanish conquistadores throughout Latin America.
This is not so much a study of history but rather a psychological analysis of how these colonizing ideas are still in our mindsets. Let's look critically at ideas we have unconsciously embrace into our own lives that limits our own potential.