Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day

In honor of Columbus Day, here are some quick facts about Christopher Columbus:
Born: 1451
Died: May 20, 1506
Place of Birth: Genoa, Italy
Known as: The first European to enter and explore the Caribbean Sea

August 3, 1492 Embarked with three ships from Spain in search of a westward route to Asia
October 12, 1492 Landed at Guanahaní, an island in the Bahamas, and renamed it San Salvador
March 1493 Returned to Spain
September 1493 Embarked with 17 vessels on a second expedition to the New World, during which he traveled to Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica
1493 Founded the town of Isabela near what is now Cabo Isabela, Dominican Republic
1496 Returned to Spain after a royal commission was sent to Isabela to investigate his governing policies
1498 Embarked on a third voyage to the New World, during which he traveled to Trinidad, the mouth of the Orinoco River, and Venezuela
1500 Was arrested and sent back to Spain following criticism of his policies in the Spanish territories
1502 Embarked with four ships on a fourth voyage to the New World, during which he traveled to Honduras and Panama
1504 Returned to Spain, where he died two years later

Did You Know ...
-Spanish patrons King Ferdinand V and Queen Isabella funded Columbus's voyages, and allowed him to govern all territories he established.
-Columbus called the inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands Indians because he thought he had reached the East Indies.
-Columbus brought back several previously unknown crops to Europe, including tobacco.


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