Christopher Columbus

--Molly Elvins--

Early Voyages

Columbus was born in 1451. Columbus first went out to sea as a teenager, participated in several trading voyages in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. Columbus participated in few other expeditions to Africa learning the Atlantic currents flowing east and west from the Canary Islands. Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, but his voyages led to the first lasting European contact with the Americas.
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First Voyage

On August, 3rd 1492 Christopher Columbus departed Palos de la Frontera in 3 ships Columbus sailed to the Canary Islands. Columbus later maintained that he himself had already saw a light on the land a few hours earlier, therefore claiming for himself the lifetime pension promised by Ferdinand and Isabella to the first person to sight land.

Second Voyage

On September, 24 1493, there were 17 ships carrying 1,500 men and the supplies to establish permanent colonies in the 'New World'. As in the first voyage, the ships stopped at Canary, from which it departed on October 13, following a more southerly course than on the previous expedition. The encampment had been destroyed, and the Spaniards, Who seized gold and women, had been killed. Columbus reached Cádiz in June 1496. He was received at court, He had not found the rich Asian mainland, and his efforts to get gold from the Indians on Hispaniola had been only slightly successful.
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Third Voyage

After Columbus was finally authorized to take a Third Voyage, after the Portuguese had sent Vasco daGama off to India in 1497. With 6 ships, He made landfall On Trinidad on July 31, 1498, Near the coast he found Pearls The expedition then sailed across the Caribbean.

Forth Voyage

The four chosen ships were bought, fitted, and crewed, and some 20 of Columbus’s extant letters and memoranda were written then, many in exculpation of Bobadilla’s charges, others pressing even harder the nearness of the Earthly Paradise and the need to reconquer Jerusalem. Columbus called himself “Christbearer”. From July to September 1502 he explored the coast of Jamaica, the southern shore of Cuba and Mosquito Coast.

On this voyage disaster again struck

Later Life

Columbus had always given the conversion of non-believers as one reason for his exploration, he grew religious in his later years. Columbus always maintained that he had found the true Indies and Cathay in the face of mounting evidence that he had not.

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"1492 Voyage Timeline Facts." Columbus. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

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"HST 150 World History after 1500." History 150 : World History Since 1500 : Unit 1. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.