Christopher Colombus

Age of Exploration

Explorer Background

Christopher Colombus, Born in Genoa, Italy on October 31, 1451

Died in Valladolid, Spain 1506, May

Christopher Columbus was born in a middle-class family in Genoa which is now a part of Italy. His father, Domenico Colombo was a wool weaver and his mother was Susanna Fontanarossa. He had three brothers named Bartolomeo, Giovanni Pellegrino and Giacomo and a sister, Bianchinetta.

Achievements/Discoveries

He discovered america why trying to get more land for Spain.

“New World”

Columbus's "discovery" allowed the period of colonization to begin. This had a number of important effects. From our perspective as Americans, the eventual creation of the US is probably the most important of these effects. By "finding" the New World, Columbus started its European colonization. This eventually ended up allowing the US to be created.

Evaluation: Impact on World OR World Today

He introduced the Europeans to America, he created a trade route there that you could sell things at.


He also started a new age of exploration in Europe. After his reports, every European power sent explorers, and later colonists, to the new world. According to The History Channel, Columbus' early voyage lit the spark that led to an explosion of European colonization. Less than 300 years after his voyage, Europeans living in North America established the United States. The British Broadcasting Company notes that Columbus'

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