Friday, January 25, 2008

Where is he from?

c. 1451

May 20, 1506 outside Valladolid, Spain

Maritime explorer for the Crown of Castile

Religious stance

Christopher Columbus was a navigator, colonizer, and explorer and one of the first Europeans to explore the Americas after the Vikings.
Though not the first to reach the Americas from Europe, Columbus' voyages led to general European awareness of the hemisphere and the successful establishment of European cultures in the New World.

Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean began a European effort at exploration and colonization of the Western Hemisphere.

While history places great significance on his first voyage of 1492, he did not actually reach the American mainland until his third voyage in 1498.

Instead, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas Archipelago that he named San Salvador while trying to find a sea route to India, hence the indigenous inhabitants being called "Indians".

The exact place and date of birth of Christopher Colombus have been the source of some speculation although most historians believe that he was Genoese. There are several competing theories regarding his national origin. Genoese theory, Portuguese theory, Catalan theory, and Other theories (from Basque, Corsica, Greece, Norway or Denmark)

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