CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (CHRISTOFORO COLUMBO)
Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451. His real name was Christoforo Columbo. Christopher’s parent’s names were Domenico Columbo and Susanna Fontanarossa. His father was a wool weaver and Christopher often helped his Dad.
Christopher dreamed of sailing the seven seas. His first voyage took place in 1492. On October 12, 1492, two worlds met for the first time on a small island in the Caribbean Sea. His second voyage was from 1493 to 1496 to the new world. Christopher took 17 ships and 1200 sailors and colonists looking for the riches in the new world and also for a quick route to Asia. On this trip, he explored Cuba and discovered the islands of Jamaica, Guadeloupe, and Puerto Rico. While on a voyage to Spain, he was in search of a direct sea route from Europe to Asia. Christopher unintentionally discovered the America’s. However, in four separate voyages to the Caribbean during the years of 1492 to 1504, he remain convinced that he had found the lands that Marco Polo reached in his over land travels to China at the end of the 13th century. To Columbus, it was only a matter of time before a passage was found through the Caribbean Islands to the fabled cities of Asia.
There is a famous song about Christopher Columbus that goes: “In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” This is in reference to Columbus finding the America’s when he left Spain and landed in the “New World.” Unbeknownst to Columbus, the Vikings had come to northern North America hundreds of years earlier and he was not the first European that had found North America, although he is given the credit for it. Columbus had two goals and they were to open trade routes for Spain and to bring the word about Jesus Christ to non-Christians that he expected to meet.
Columbus was best known as the explorer who opened the door to the America’s. He is the prominent explorer who...