Christopher Columbus

Sailed the ocean blue in 1492!


  • From Genoa, Italy
  • He was brave, intelligent, dedicated, however he was not the nicest man
  • Sailed for Spain (Sailed from Palos, Spain)
  • Attended Prince Henry's School of Navigation in Portugal

Columbus's Voyages

  • Columbus's purpose for his voyage was to find a western route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia
  • Columbus explored for 12 years
  • Had 4 voyages
  • He "discovered" San Salvador, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
  • Santa Maria was shipwrecked during the first voyage

Outcomes/ Accomplishments

  • He made the first connection between Europe and the New World
  • Made first European out post in the New World
  • The first global trade was introduced
  • Consequently, the Encomienda and Repartimiento Systems were introduced
  • Slave labor was heavily increased
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