This is the first part in our series on one of the most famous explorers in history – Genoese mariner Christopher Columbus.
In this first part, we examine Columbus’ early life, and then his attempts to find a backer for his scheme to sail west – into the unknown – as a way to reach the fabled eastern lands of China, Japan, India and the Spice islands.
- Download Christopher Columbus Part 1 directly.
- Listen to Christopher Columbus Part 1 directly.
- Explorers on iTunes.
Below is the famous map of the world as depicted by astronomer Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli. It shows a much smaller world than reality – and would help convince Columbus that reaching Asia was possible by sailing west.
Images courtesy of Wikipedia.