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"In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue..."

Whether or not you believe Christopher Columbus truly discovered America, or was even the first person to discover the earth was not flat, but round, there's no denying that 1492 was a year that made a huge impact on the history of America, and the world at large.

Americans are taught in grade school that in 1492, explorer Christopher Columbus voyaged to America, helped begin the colonization of the New World, and was the first person to pioneer the theory that the world was round, and much bigger than the size it had been considered to be. He's the reason we get the day off from work and school -- on Columbus Day!

If you reduce the numbers in 1492, you end up with the number 7 (1 + 4 + 9 + 2 = 16, and 1 + 6 = 7). In Numerology, the number 7 is the Seeker. Wise, spiritual and on the search for truth, 7 is the explorer -- quite fitting for a year that changed history in a big way, no matter what you believe to be true about Columbus' findings. The 7 -- whether it's a Life Path number, a Heart's Desire number, Expression number or otherwise -- always represents a time of study, introspection and discovery.

To some, Christopher Columbus left a monumental legacy. To others, his exploration of America is a messy controversy. There have been many essays based on the belief that Christopher Columbus was not the first person to discover America, or to say that the earth was round. The number 7 also portrays a certain mysticism and mystery that holds true in the debate about who really discovered America, and under what circumstances in that fateful year, 1492.