Christopher Columbus

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus Full Name: Christopher Columbus
Nationality: Italian

Profession: Explorer of the New World
Why Famous: Columbus first landed in the Bahamas in 1492 sailing on behalf of the Spanish crown in a new attempt to find a western route to Asia.

He made four voyages to the New World including Antilles, Venezuela and Central America.

He served as Governor in Hispaniola but was later dismissed on charges of tyranny.

Born: October 30, 1451
Star Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa, Republic of Genoa

Died: May 20, 1506 (aged 54)

Historical Events in the Life of Christopher Columbus

  • 1492-04-17 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
  • 1492-04-30 Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet
  • 1492-08-03 Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa María, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"
  • 1492-08-12 Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World
  • 1492-09-06 Columbus' fleet leaves Gomera, Canary islands
  • 1492-10-07 Columbus misses Florida when he changes course
  • 1492-10-08 Columbus' fleet about 400 sea miles from Puerto Rico
  • 1492-10-12 Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)
  • 1492-10-14 Columbus leaves San Salvador; arrives in Santa Maria of Concepcion (Bahamas)
  • 1492-10-16 Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas)
  • 1492-10-19 Columbus sites "Isabela" (Fortune Island, Bahamas)
  • 1492-10-25 Columbus' fleet sites "Zandislands" (Ragged Island Range, Bahamas)
  • 1492-10-25 Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa María lands at Dominican Republic
  • 1492-10-26 Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas
  • 1492-10-28 Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain
  • 1492-11-05 Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba
  • 1492-11-15 Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco
  • 1492-11-22 Pinta under Martín Alonso Pinzón separates from Columbus's fleet
  • 1492-12-05 Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)
  • 1492-12-25 Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa María runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola
  • 1492-12-26 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in the New World is founded by Columbus
  • 1493-01-09 1st sight of manatees (by Christopher Columbus)
  • 1493-01-16 Columbus leaves the new world and sets sail for Spain on his 1st trip
  • 1493-03-15 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World
  • 1493-04-15 -20/4 Barcelona] Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Isabella
  • 1493-09-24 Columbus' 2nd expedition to New World
  • 1493-09-25 Columbus sails with 17 ships on 2nd voyage to the Americas
  • 1493-11-03 Christopher Columbus discovers island of Dominica
  • 1493-11-11 Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba
  • 1493-11-19 Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage
  • 1494-05-05 On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
  • 1498-05-30 Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America
  • 1498-07-31 Christopher Columbus on his third voyage discovers the island of Trinidad
  • 1498-08-01 Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela)
  • 1498-08-14 Columbus landed at the mouth of the Orinoco River in what is now Venezuela
  • 1500-11-25 Governor De Bobadilla of Santo Domingo captures Columbus
  • 1502-05-09 Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World
  • 1502-05-11 Columbus begins 4th & last trip to "Indies"
  • 1502-09-18 Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th & last voyage
  • 1503-05-10 Columbus discovers Cayman Islands
  • 1504-02-29 Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians
  • 1506-05-19 Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir
  • 1792-10-12 First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
  • 1949-10-05 WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 2014-05-13 Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa María, is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti

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