CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

By: Nitay, Sahar, Tomer and Adam

Background

Christopher Columbus was a trader and explorer.

He was born in Genoa, Italy in the year 1451. he went to sea at the age of 14. He loved to read books by geographers. He sailed in the Mediterranean and European coasts. He discovered many lands.

His First Steps

Christopher Columbus, the son of a wool merchant, was born in Genoa in about 1451. When he was still a teenager, he got a job on a merchant ship. He remained at sea until 1470, when French privateers attacked his ship as it sailed north along the Portuguese coast. The boat sank, but the young Columbus floated to shore on a scrap of wood and made his way to Lisbon, where he studied mathematics, astronomy, cartography and navigation. He also began to hatch the plan that would change the world forever.

COLUMBUS thought outside of the box

At the end of the 15th century, it was nearly impossible to reach Asia from Europe by land. The route was long and arduous, and encounters with hostile armies were difficult to avoid.


But Columbus had a different idea: Why not sail west across the Atlantic instead of around the massive African continent? The young navigator’s logic was sound, but his math was faulty.

Columbus was not the first person to discover America



Columbus was not the first person to discover america because the “indians” were already living there,but on the other hand he thought that he was there first. Admiral Zheng discovered America 70 years before Columbus. Viking explorers had sailed to Greenland and Newfoundland in the 11th century