How Did Christopher Columbus Contribute To The New World

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Christopher Columbus, someone who everyone learns about in middle school as the man who sailed the ocean blue in 1492. He was a very significant figure in exploration, encountering, and exchange but specifically exploration. Christopher Columbus was a major figure in exploration because he devoted his life to exploration, sparked a new interest in exploring the Americas, and transformed the New World. Ever since Christopher Columbus was a young boy he was interested in exploring. When he was younger he lived in a lower class family in Genoa, Italy where he was born in 1451. When Columbus was 14 he left school and his father’s workshop to pursue working as a merchant on a trading ship. He kept that job until 1470 ended up living in the city of Lisbon, Portugal where he studied mathematics, astronomy, cartography and navigation. Columbus also operated a small mapmaking and bookselling shop with his brother Bartolomeo while he lived in Portugal. This showed how interested he was in exploring and following his dreams.…show more content…
He also took up learning how to sail and navigate. He took his first voyage at the age of 41 years old. His first voyage was funded by the King and Queen of Spain. They all had one thing in common with each other and that was fame, fortune, and to spread Catholicism. When he was on his first voyage he traveled in the Atlantic Ocean in search of the Indies. On August 3, 1492, Columbus and his crew set sail from Spain in his three ships: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria which carried 120 men total. ON October 12th Columbus and his crew reached a island in the Bahamas and explored, looking for pearls, gold, silver, etc. and traveled from island to island now known as the

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