Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus

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

Died: 20th May, 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 New World 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 1st New World voyage
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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