34 Facts About Christopher Columbus

1. Christopher Columbus sailed to Arzila on the Moroccan coast to rescue Portuguese soldiers whom he had heard were under siege by the Moors.

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2. Christopher Columbus wrote "Although my body is here my heart is always near you.

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3. Christopher Columbus speculated that the new continent might be the location of the biblical Garden of Eden.

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4. Christopher Columbus continued to the Greater Antilles, and landed in Puerto Rico, which he named San Juan Bautista in honor of Saint John the Baptist.

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5. Christopher Columbus wrote, "While I was in the boat, I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, whom the said Lord Admiral gave to me.

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6. Christopher Columbus proposed that the king equip three sturdy ships and grant Columbus one year's time to sail out into the Atlantic, search for a western route to the Orient, and return.

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7. Christopher Columbus believed that Japan was much larger, farther to the east from China ("Cathay"), and closer to the equator than it is, and that there were inhabited islands even farther to the east than Japan, including the mythical Antillia, which he thought might lie not much farther to the west than the Azores.

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8. Christopher Columbus had left Portugal for Castile in 1485, where he found a mistress in 1487, a 20-year-old orphan named Beatriz Enriquez de Arana.

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9. Christopher Columbus married Filipa Moniz Perestrelo, daughter of the Porto Santo governor and Portuguese nobleman of Lombard origin Bartolomeu Perestrello.

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10. Christopher Columbus arrived back in Spain in early 1493, bringing a number of captive natives with him.

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11. Christopher Columbus went to sea at a young age and travelled widely, as far north as the British Isles and as far south as what is Ghana.

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12. Christopher Columbus led the first European expeditions to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, initiating the permanent European colonization of the Americas.

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13. Christopher Columbus was an Italian navigator who stood to gain much from his voyages west.

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14. Christopher Columbus is the most well known explorer by most school age children.

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15. At the age of 23, Christopher Columbus was hired as a sailor, went to the island of Khios and spent a year on the island.

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16. Christopher Columbus never set foot in the United States and he didn't discover the Americas.

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17. Christopher Columbus required the natives to pay tribute in gold and cotton.

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18. Christopher Columbus is often credited with refuting a prevalent belief in a flat Earth.

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19. Christopher Columbus made a fourth voyage nominally in search of the Strait of Malacca to the Indian Ocean.

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20. Christopher Columbus was eventually forced to make peace with the rebellious colonists on humiliating terms.

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21. As he crossed the Atlantic, Christopher Columbus discovered that the angle between North as indicated by a magnetic compass and North as measured by the position of the pole star changed with his position.

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22. Christopher Columbus led his fleet to the Portuguese island of Porto Santo, his wife's native land.

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23. Christopher Columbus found the fort in ruins, destroyed by the native Taino people.

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24. Christopher Columbus went to meet with John at Vale do Paraiso.

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25. Christopher Columbus headed for Spain on the Nina, but a storm separated him from the Pinta, and forced the Nina to stop at the island of Santa Maria in the Azores.

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26. Christopher Columbus left 39 men, including Luis de Torres, the converso interpreter, who spoke Hebrew and Arabic, and founded the settlement of La Navidad at the site of present-day Bord de Mer de Limonade, Haiti.

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27. Christopher Columbus called the island San Salvador (meaning "Holy Savior"); the natives called it Guanahani.

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28. Christopher Columbus was leaving town by mule in despair when Ferdinand intervened.

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29. Christopher Columbus had sought an audience from the monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, who had united several kingdoms in the Iberian Peninsula by marrying and were ruling together.

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30. Christopher Columbus requested he be made "Great Admiral of the Ocean", appointed governor of any and all lands he discovered, and given one-tenth of all revenue from those lands.

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31. Throughout his life, Christopher Columbus showed a keen interest in the Bible and in Biblical prophecies, often quoting biblical texts in his letters and logs.

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32. Christopher Columbus never wrote in his native language, which is presumed to have been a Genoese variety of Ligurian.

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33. Christopher Columbus discovered the viable sailing route to the Americas, a continent which was not then known to the Old World.

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34. Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonist who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain.

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