Christopher Columbus Achievements

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Imagine yourself, sailing upon ancient boat, funded by the king and queen who are expecting you to come home with pounds upon pounds of gold. You mean to go to Asia, to trade with the merchants who have done so for hundreds of years. Only, you failed. You went the wrong way, hitting series of islands and land masses in the Atlantic Ocean which will later be known as, The Americas.
Christopher Columbus and his four voyages to the “New World” helped to make many small discoveries, which shaped the world into what we know today. He spent many years travelling and sailing oceans and seas, putting his mark on the world by discovering seemingly untouched lands. Christopher Columbus took a total of four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain;
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Born in the city of Genoa, Italy in 1451, Christopher grew up with a mother and father who both were descendants of wool weavers. It was expected of Christopher to continue with this family business but he did not want to follow in the footsteps of those relatives before him. A young Christopher Columbus was very fond with the sea, the wind blowing through his hair, and the smell of salty air as he would sit by the Genoa port with his brother Bartholomew, watching as the ships and goods came into the port. When he was only fourteen, he set sail for his first job aboard a ship. He spent his time helping his father and sailing the sea. Christopher Columbus had decided that he wanted to be a captain. A rich and famous sea …show more content…
He had a total of three ships with, these ships being named the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina. Columbus himself sailed upon the Santa Maria. On October 12th, more than two months after leaving Palos, Columbus and his ships landed on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador; the natives had called it Guanahani. For almost five full months, Columbus explored the Caribbean, particularly the islands of Juana and Hispaniola, before deciding to return to Spain. He left thirty-nine men to build a settlement in Hispaniola. He also kidnapped somewhere between ten and twenty-five Native Americans to take back to Spain. Columbus also brought back small amounts of gold as well as native birds and plants to show the richness of the continent he believed to be Asia. When he and his ships arrived back to Spain on March 15, 1493, he immediately wrote a letter announcing his discoveries to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the financiers of his trip. Columbus’s letter also provides observations of the native people’s culture and lack of weapons, noting that “they are destitute of arms, which are entirely unknown to them, and for which they are not adapted; not on account of any bodily deformity, for they are well made, but because they are timid and full of terror.” (Columbus Reports) Columbus declared that the land could easily be

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