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Christopher Columbus Top 25 Interesting Facts

Christopher Columbus Interesting Fact:

Christopher Columbus Top 25 Interesting Facts

  • Everybody thinks that Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, but in reality, the Vikings had actually discovered the New World first.
  • Christopher Columbus had died an extremely rich man.
  • Christopher Columbus had never seen or even step foot in North America.
  • The Nina, Pina, & Santa Maria were small ships.
  • Christopher Columbus was born in The Republic of Genoa, Italy and his given name was Cristoforo Colombo.
  • Christopher Columbus is believed to have been born between August 25 and October 31, 1451.
  • Christopher Columbus began a career as a seafarer at the age of fourteen and later supported himself by selling maps and charts.
  • Horses came to the New World on Christopher's second voyage.
  • Christopher was only fourteen when he went out to sea for his first time.
  • In Europe, Columbus introduced tobacco to the people there because the Indians used it in America. Columbus brought tobacco to Europe first.
  • He was a great captain, but a terrible governor.
  • Columbus made four voyages to the New World.
  • On the first and second voyages, no women were allowed to go on the ships.
  • Christopher Columbus believed that Asia would be 2,400 miles west. In fact, 10,000 nautical miles lay between Europe and Asia.
  • Christopher Columbus first went to King John of Portugal with his idea to find a westward sea passage to Asia but after months of waiting, the answer was no thank you.

  • There is controversy as to where he was born and if he was even Italian or not.
  • It wasn't easy to get the money or the ships, but it was even harder to find a crew. Many people still believed that the earth was flat and that at some point a ship would hit a waterfall and fall off of the side of the earth.
  • Queen Isabella's response to Columbus's idea was that his price was to high and that he wanted too many ships.
  • We don't know where he is buried. It could be Cuba, Spain, or even the Dominican Republic.
  • He Started The Columbian Exchange.
  • Columbus "discovered" (for the Europeans) many of the Caribbean Islands, South America and Central America.
  • hristopher Columbus's first voyage with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria began on August 3, 1492. On October 12, 1492 a sailor on the Pinta shouted "Tierra!" or "Land!"
  • On the first journey, all the ships weren't any longer than the length of a tennis court and the width of about 30 feet.
  • The Santa Maria had 40 men on board, the Pinta had 26 men on board, and the Nina had 24 men on board.
  • He was a very religious man, and a dedicated slave trader.

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