Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus (c. 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. Born in the Republic of Genoa, under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages and his efforts to establish settlements on the island of Hispaniola initiated the permanent European colonization of the New World.

At a time when European kingdoms were beginning to establish new trade routes and colonies, motivated by imperialism and economic competition, Columbus proposed to reach the East Indies by sailing westward. This eventually received the support of the Spanish Crown, which saw a chance to enter the spice trade with Asia through this new route. During his first voyage in 1492, he reached the New World instead of arriving at Japan as he had intended, landing on an island in the Bahamas archipelago that he named “San Salvador”. Over the course of three more voyages, he visited the Greater and Lesser Antilles, as well as the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and Central America, claiming all of it for the Crown of Castile.

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Name(s):
      Christopher Columbus
Occupation:
      Captain,
      Explorer
Birth:
      Genoa, Italy
Death:
      May 20th 1506, Valladolid, Spain
Spouse:
      Filipa Moniz Perestrelo
     (m. 1479)
Children:
      Diego Columbus,
      Ferdinand Columbus

Quotes:

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.


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