by David B
Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. Around the age of 15 Christopher became a sailor. On August 3, 1492 Columbus left Spain with three ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Early on the morning of October 12, a sailor spotted an island with white beaches and dense forests. Columbus named the island San Salvador, which means "Holy Savior" Spanish.
For three months Columbus searched for gold and spices. in 1493, he sailed back to Spain, carrying a few gold ornaments and Indian captives. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand rewarded Columbus and agreed to pay for more voyages. Columbus promised to bring them "as much gold as they need...and as many slaves as they ask".
1451- Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy. 1466- Columbus became a sailor. 1492- Columbus left Spain via 3 ships, the Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria.