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Christopher Columbus arriving in the New World with the ships - the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta

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Christopher Columbus Fact 1Why was Christopher Columbus famous and what part of America did he explore? He discovered America in 1492 whilst he was searching for a new trade route to the Indies - China (Cathay).

Christopher Columbus Fact 2When was Christopher Columbus born? He was born in 1451 and died in 1506

Christopher Columbus Fact 3What was his country of origin and where was Christopher Columbus born? He was born in Genoa, Italy but he lived in Portugal and Spain

Christopher Columbus Fact 4Christopher Columbus came from a respected family, but they were not rich

Christopher Columbus Fact 5In 1467 Christopher Columbus travelled to Iceland when he was sixteen years old

Christopher Columbus Fact 6Christopher Columbus spent some of his early life as a pirate, or Privateer, attacking ships belonging to the Moors

Christopher Columbus Fact 7His brother, Bartholomew, worked as a cartographer

Christopher Columbus Fact 8Christopher Columbus married wealthy Felipa Perestrello Moniz, a daughter from a noble Portuguese family who had been involved with the discovery of the Madeira Islands

Christopher Columbus Fact 9He obtained valuable charts of the winds and currents of the Portuguese possessions in the Atlantic from his father-in-law, Bartolomeu Perestrello, who was also an explorer

Christopher Columbus Fact 10In 1484 he failed to get the King of Portugal to finance his plan to search for a fast trade route to the Indies

Christopher Columbus Fact 11His wife died in 1485

Christopher Columbus Fact 12In 1486 he moved to Spain and married his second wife, Dona Beatriz Enriquez, and they also had a son in 1488 called Fernando (1488 - 1539)

Christopher Columbus Fact 13He was unable to get the Queen of Spainterested in his plans to expolre new trade routes but in 1491 a priest called Father Perez interceded on behalf of Columbus and pleaded with Queen Isabella to fund Columbus who, if he succeed would be able to convert indigenous people to Christianity 

Christopher Columbus Fact 14In 1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain finally give Christopher Columbus the money and ships

Christopher Columbus Fact 15Both the sons of Christopher Columbus served as pages to Prince Juan, the son of the King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

Christopher Columbus Fact 16In 1492 Christopher Columbus undertook the voyage that would take him to the New World

Christopher Columbus Fact 17The name of the ship that Christopher Columbus sailed in was the Santa Maria

Christopher Columbus Fact 18The names of the other two ships that undertook the voyage were the Pinta, and the Nina

Christopher Columbus Fact 19The Voyage of Christopher Columbus began on September 8, 1492 September

Christopher Columbus Fact 20The journey was long and difficult. His crew became extremely disgruntled and were near mutiny when land was sighted on October 12, 1492

Christopher Columbus Fact 21Christopher Columbus landed on Watling's Island in the Bahamas, West Indies which he called San Salvador.

Christopher Columbus Fact 22Christopher Columbus took possession of the new land for Ferdinand and Isabella, King and Queen of Aragon and Castile

Christopher Columbus Fact 23He believed that he has reached the passage to India and China
Christopher Columbus Fact 24Christopher Columbus established the first Spanish settlement in the New World - Refer to Spanish in America

Christopher Columbus Fact 25He returned to Spain and arrived at Palos in Spain on 15 March, 1493

Christopher Columbus Fact 26He undertook three more voyages to the New World and discovered Hispaniola (Jamaica) and went on to become the first European to land in South America

Christopher Columbus Fact 27Christopher Columbus died on May 20, 1506 at the Spanish court at Valladolid

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