Why didn’t the Russians discover the new world even though they were geographically so close to America?

(My answer to this question at Quora.com)

They did. They weren’t “Russians”, as such (a term and a nation that has only existed for around a thousand years), but ancient Siberian inhabitants who crossed into North America, via the Bering Straits and Alaska, and whom we now know as “Native Americans” (in the US), “First Nations” (in Canada), or just “Amerindians”.

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