Christopher Columbus Essay

1097 Words Oct 18th, 2010 5 Pages
Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 at Genoa. Genoa was a seaport that was on the Ligurian sea. His name was Cristoforo Colombo and that was translated into English as Christopher Columbus. Christopher Columbus had two brothers, which he was older than both. Christopher Columbus had little schooling just like most of the people during that age. Genoa was a busy seaport and Christopher Columbus learned much from the sailors. Christopher Columbus’s father was a poor weaver. Christopher Columbus worked with his father for a while, but his heart was set on sailing. (“Christopher Columbus.” The book of knowledge, 2000.)

As soon as Christopher Columbus possibly could he went to sea. Christopher Columbus started with short fishing trips and
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Christopher Columbus also was not trying to discover a new world, he was simply trying to get to China, India, or Japan by sailing westward. Christopher Columbus had a hard time getting support because people were scared. Columbus tried for 10 years to get a European ruler to support his plan. Finally, in 1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella supported his plan. “King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella promised to make him governor of any new lands and offered him ten percent of all the wealth he would bring to Spain.” (“Christopher Columbus.” The book of knowledge, 2000.)

The king and queen prepared three ships the Niсa, the Pinta, and the Santa Marнa for Columbus. August 3rd, 1492 Christopher Columbus and his eighty-eight volunteers left the port of Palos looking for China, India, and Japan. The weeks went by slow and there was some unrest starting to grow among the crew. Christopher Columbus told the crew they traveled less miles than they actually did to prevent further chaos among the crew. The crew’s on all three ships started to beg to Christopher Columbus to get him to turn back. Then on October 12th, 1492 they found land. When Christopher Columbus got on the land he kissed the ground and thanked god. Christopher Columbus named that land San Salvador, which means “Holy Savior.” Christopher Columbus spent two days at San Salvador, which is now part of the Bahamas. When they were there they met men and women that were very friendly and they
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