Christopher Columbus

By Ally Callahan

background on Christopher Columbus

christopher was born in genoa {located in italy today}

~ little is known about his childhood. he was well-educated because he was able to speak several languages as an adult and had knowledge of classical literature.

~Columbus first took to the sea when he was 14 years old and this continued throughout his younger life.

~1476 he was attacked by privateers off the coast of portugal, his ship was burned and he had to swim to shore.

~ 1479 he met his brother in lisbon & later got married.

~1780 he had a son and the family lived in libson until his wife died. and then he moved to spain and their he made an effort to win a grant to let him explore the western trade routes

~1488 his second son was born with Beatriz Enriquez de Arana.

~1492 the monarchs agreed to finance his expedition & columbus left Spain in the Santa Maria, with the Nina & pinta along side.


discoveries and achievements

~ embarked on his first voyage and set sail with three ships called the pinta,nina & maria & 104 men

~1493 he set sail on his second voyage with 17 ships and almost 1’200 men.

~the same year his crew saw land and discovered Dominica, Guadeloupe & Jamaica islands.

~1495 columbus named the colony of Santo Domingo & conquered the island Hispaniola.

~1496 he set sail back to spain & reached Cadiz after five months.


how did he impact the world?

he discovered more of the world & that the world is not flat it is round


he was the first european to explore the New World


he was an influence to other explorers.