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Accomplishments of Christopher Columbus



Christopher Columbus was one of the greatest sea men and explorers. His most important accomplishment was making the first connection between Europeans and the Americas. Permanent European colonies were eventually settled in the New World, as it was called, because of this connection.

Christopher Columbus Accomplishment: Voyages to discover new lands

In the early morning hours of October 12th, 1492, a sailor from the ship called the Pinta sighted land. Columbus and his crew soon landed on the Bahamian Island of Guanahani. They would also visit Cuba and Hispaniola, or Haiti, as we now know it. All of the areas they explored were inhabited and, in fact, the Vikings had actually explored the North American coast 500 years before Columbus.

He was granted three ships for his first voyage. They were the Pinta, the Santa Maria, and the Nina. On his first voyage he traveled west and found an island in the Bahamas. Columbus landed in the New World on October 12, 1492.
On the second voyage he passed Puerto Rico and Navidad on November 27-28. On his third voyage he found South America, and Jamaica. On his fourth and last voyage, Columbus found Guanaja Island, and Honduras in Central America. Christopher Columbus tried to reach India but instead found the New World.

Christopher Columbus Achievement: Columbian Exchange

Columbus started the Columbian Exchange, which brought the potatoe and the corn to Europe, and Africa . He also found land and named it San Saluador.

In the West Indies he saw foods such as pineapples, sweet potatoes, and corn. Columbus used a sand glass to time the speed of the ship. In Cuba he found Indians smoking the plant known as tobacco.

Christopher Columbus Spanish Hero

In today's Spain Christopher Columbus, or Cristobál Colón in Spanish, is a very important figure of the history of Spain. A monument is built of Columbus standing on a tall pillar pointing to the sea in Barcelona, Spain. Spaniards view him as one of the most prominent figures in Spanish history. Columbus would have turned in his grave if he knew how much the Spaniards have paid tribute to his achievements.

Columbus' accomplishments should be considered in conjunction with his failures. The "discovery" of America would certainly have taken place within 50 years of 1492 had Columbus not ventured west when he did: advances in navigation and ship construction made contact between the hemispheres inevitable. Columbus' motives were mostly monetary, with religion a close second. When he failed to find gold or a lucrative trade route, he began collecting slaves: he believed that a trans-Atlantic slave trade would be quite lucrative.

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