Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus (before 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonist who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain. He led the first European expeditions to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, initiating the permanent European colonization of the Americas. Columbus discovered the viable sailing route to the Americas, a continent which was not then known to the Old World. While what he thought he had discovered was a route to the Far East, he is credited with the opening of the Americas for conquest and settlement by Europeans.

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30 October 1451
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Genoa, Republic of Genoa
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20 May 1506
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Valladolid, Crown of Castile
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Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain
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