Christopher Columbus – Part 2

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The Landing of Columbus by John Vanderlyn. (Wikipedia)

In August of 1492, Christopher Columbus set out on what would be the most important voyage of discovery in the history of the world. Columbus’ voyage would be the first of four to the New World.

Part 2 of our series, covers the events surrounding Columbus’ historic voyage – a voyage that will alter the physical and political landscapes of the world.

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This map portrays the route of Columbus. The specific locations are rough guesses, but they should convey the basic path that Columbus and his ships traveled.

Images: Courtesy of Wikipedia

Christopher Columbus – Part 1

christopher-columbusThis 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.

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.

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Images courtesy of Wikipedia.