It was in the Republic of Genoa, in the year 1451 that Christopher Columbus was born. The best authorities agree that the children and the grown people of the world have never been mistaken when they have said: “America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, a native of Genoa”.
His family was known to be a respectable one, although impoverished. Christopher Columbus was known to be the eldest of five children. He had two sons by different mothers. His education was limited mainly due to the lack of money in the family
He sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in the year 1492 hoping he would find a route to India so that it could be a route to trade for spices. In total, he made 4 trips to the Caribbean and South America between 1492 and 1504. Not only is he known as the Italian explorer, he is also known as a colonizer and a navigator. He was born in North Western Italy, what was formerly known as Catholic Monarchs of Spain.
Christopher Columbus embarked on a career as a seafarer at the age of fourteen and later supported himself by selling maps and charts. Even though he made three return trips west, Christopher Columbus never actually stepped foot on the mainland of North America.
Christopher Columbus Voyages
His very first voyage to the Atlantic Ocean in the year 1496 nearly killed him. Christopher Columbus had participated in various other expeditions to Africa. In the year 1492, he left Spain for Santa Maria. He has been widely praised for opening up the Americas to European colonization. He was pretty old by the time he had completed three voyages. Columbus, in his 50’s was diagnosed with Arthritis and Opthalmia.
In the year 1499, he sent a request to the King of Spain to send him a Royal Commissioner to help govern the territories. The Commissioner, Francisco de Bobadilla arrived in 1500 when Columbus was away.
Christopher Columbus Life
This gave the disgruntled settlers an opportunity to complain about Columbus’ and his brothers’ atrocities. Upon his return, Columbus and his brothers were chained and sent back to Spain as prisoners.
On the 20th of May, 1506, Christopher Columbus spent his last day, and till the end of his days, he constantly kept demanding for his 10% share of profits, which the King and Queen had blatantly refused since he had been stripped of Governorship.
He also died convinced that his journeys had taken him to the east coast of Asia. His remains are preserved in the Cathedral of Seville in Spain borne by four statues representing the Kingdoms of Navarre, Castille, Aragon and Leon.