Christopher Columbus was born in Italy and eventually lived in Spain. When he was young he spent his time learning cartography and sailing. He worked as a sailor on commercial ships and as a cartographer. Half of his journey was paid for by the king and queen of Spain, and the other half was funded by private citizens.
Christopher Columbus's Routes
Christopher Columbus made lasting contacts with the Americas (even though he thought he was in China). He opened up opportunity for colonization and his journey was the start of many more trips to the Americas.