10 Interesting Christopher Columbus Facts

Saturday, October 26th 2013. | History

Christopher Columbus facts bring the information about one of the biggest explorers in the world. He had many voyages during his life. His adventure inspired many people not only in the past but also today. When people talk about Columbus, they are always fascinated with his brave and courage to travel the world and find a new place. Here are some facts about Christopher Columbus:

Christopher Columbus Facts 1:date of birth

Christopher Columbus  was born in Republic Genoa, Italy in 1451. His father was a weaver. When he was in a teen age, he participated in various expeditions. Some trading voyages that he joined explored the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

Christopher Columbus Facts 2: island of Khios

Island of Khios which is now called as Greece was one of his expeditions.  This voyage actually made him closest to the land of Asia.

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus Facts 3: Atlantic Ocean

Columbus almost lost his life in his first voyage. His ship went to Atlantic Ocean in 1476. When his ship was off the cost of Portugal, the French privateers attacked his ship.

Christopher Columbus Facts 4: Felipa Perestrello

When he sailed to the Atlantic Ocean and met the French privateer, his ship was burned. To save his life, he had to swim to Lisbon, Portugal. Then he met his first wife, Felipa Perestrello.

Christopher Columbus Facts

Christopher Columbus Facts

Christopher Columbus Facts 5: Diego

In 1480, Felipa Perestrello gave birth his son, Diego. She finally died. In 1488, Beatriz Enriquez de Arana gave birth Fernando who was born out of wedlock. It was the second son for Columbus.

Christopher Columbus Facts 6:journey to the new world

The journey to the new world was not as easy as people can think today. Columbus was rejected by the Portuguese king when he asked from a three ship voyage to discover a new world.

Christopher Columbus Journey

Christopher Columbus Journey

Christopher Columbus Facts 7: rejection from other countries

After being rejected by the Portuguese king, it seems that Columbus was still on fire to find the benefactor for his expedition. He went to Genoa, Venice. But he was rejected.

Christopher Columbus Facts 8:Spanish monarch

At fist Spanish monarch was skeptical about the expedition of Columbus because the Spanish was still focused on the war with Muslims.

Christopher Columbus Voyage

Christopher Columbus Voyage

Christopher Columbus Facts 9:finance

In January of 1492, Spanish monarch agreed to support Columbus financially for his expedition.  The lobby that Columbus made on the royal court was successful after the Spanish army captured the strong hold of Muslim in Granada.

Christopher Columbus Facts10:journey to the new world

With his ship, Pinta and Nina, Columbus left Santa Maria, Spain to reach the new world in August 1492.

Colombus Map

Colombus Map

With his ships and crews Columbus was successful to discover the new world. It made him as one of the greatest explorers that people learn from time to time in history text book. What do you think on facts about Christopher Columbus?

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