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Christopher Columbus Poster Perhaps one of the most famous explorers was Christopher Columbus. Also known as Cristoforo Colombo in Italian and Cristóbal Colón in Spanish. Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451 to a weaver, young Columbus first got his sea legs at the age of fourteen. As a young man, he settled in Portugal and married a woman of noble background. After the death of his wife in 1485, Columbus, along with his young son Diego pressed on and moved to Spain.

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Like all educated men of his time, Columbus knew the world was round. He theorized that since the earth was a sphere, a ship could eventually reach the Far East from the opposite direction. He thought to establish trade routes to Asia in this manner. Though not the first to reach the Americas from Europe, Columbus' voyages led to general European awareness of the hemisphere and the successful establishment of European cultures in the New World.

Christopher Columbus Clipper Ship The fifteenth-century Europeans were not aware of the South and North American continents during this time frame. Map makers did not show an accurate picture and no one knew there was a Pacific Ocean.

For a decade, Columbus approached the Portuguese king and the Spanish monarchs to obtain a grant to explore possible trade routes to the west. After initially turning him down, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella reconsidered once the Moors had been successfully expelled from Spain in 1492. Columbus promised to bring back gold, spices, and silks from the Far East, to spread Christianity, and to lead an expedition to China. In return, Columbus asked for and got the hereditary title "admiral of the ocean seas" and became governor of all discovered lands.

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