Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, colonizer, and citizen of the Republic of Genoa. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean.

Things you may not know about Christopher Columbus


  • Columbus didn’t set out to prove the earth was round.
  • Columbus was likely not the first European to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Three countries refused to back Columbus’ voyage.
  • Nina and Pinta were not the actual names of two of Columbus’ three ships.
  • The Santa Maria wrecked on Columbus’ historic voyage.
  • Columbus made four voyages to the New World.
  • A lunar eclipse may have saved Columbus.