Christopher Columbus

first to discover the america's

About Christopher Columbus

Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa. As a child, Columbus had read about the travels of Marco Polo. Marco Polo sailed to Asia and brought back gold and jewels and spices from China. Columbus was interested in exploring these faraway lands.

Columbeses adventures

Around the age of 15, Columbus became a sailor. He sailed ships that went south along the coast of Africa and north Ireland. He believed that the Earth was small and that the Earth only had one Ocean. On august 3, 1492, Columbus left Spain with three small ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Columbuses adventures

They sailed southwest past the Canary islands and then west across the Atlantic Ocean. Early on the morning of October 12, a sailor spotted an island with white beaches and dense green forests. It was known as America.