Christopher Columbus Biography Christopher Columbus was born on October 31, 1451 in Genoa, Italy and died on May 20, 1506

. He is generally accredited with the discovery of the ³New World,´ that is, the American continents. It is oft said that Columbus was the first to come to the Americas, but, he was preceded by at least one other group, the Norse, 500 years earlier. His life and discoveries are surrounded by much controversy, not always proving to be the ³hero´ he is taught as in elementary schools nationwide. The passage from Europe to Asia, nicknamed the ³Silk Road,´ became much more dangerous with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Under the helm of King John II, Portuguese sailors began to search for a route to Asia around the Southern tip of Africa. Shortly after, Columbus began to formulate a plan for sailing west to get to Asia, instead of south. Many people rejected Columbus¶ ideas, insisting that the earth was much too large to be sailed around. Columbus finally found finance in King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, promising them new land, great wealth, and more Christian converts. In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, landing in what is known today as the Bahamas. He named the island San Salvador, meaning ³Holy Savior.´ The natives called the island ³Guanahani.´ Before leaving to return to Spain, Columbus kidnapped about twenty-five natives to take with him. It is rumored that Columbus also brought back the disease syphilis with him and as many as five million were killed in Europe because of it. On his three other journeys to the Americas, Columbus explored many other parts of the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America. Much of the reason of Christopher Columbus¶ fame can be attributed, in my opinion, to his own work. He was an avid self-publicist, believing much of the seemingly outlandish things

Also. Columbus opened the door. but we should still be grateful. he compiled a book of things he wrote that he believed to be Biblical prophecy. many natives died. and was. whether hero or villain.´ but these are overstatements. Of the twenty-something slaves Columbus took with him back to Spain. and we need to thank him for it. He believed his plan of crossing the Atlantic to have been revealed to him by God himself. only about eight lived. able to sail where no one else had sailed before. therefore. His self esteem was so large and his writings so vast that he became famous in his own lifetime. Columbus may have been anything but ³perfect.´ His name is often associated with words like ³dictator´ and ³genocide. On the contrary. despite his not-excellent schooling. presented Columbus as a hero and perfect person in all respects.he wrote. People say Columbus was responsible for the worst genocide in history. But Columbus had an excellent understanding of the wind system.that he did discover the American continents. Any other navigator feared doing so. It¶s also rumored that Columbus treated natives horribly. we must accept this one essential fact about Columbus. for the most part. Columbus believed himself to be a ³messenger of a new heaven´ and that he was singled-out by God to bring the Gospel to the un-evangelized parts of the earth. . Columbus¶ expeditions exposed the natives to many new diseases that their immune systems couldn¶t deal with. He did something no other sailor or navigators had dared to do. consequently. because the feared that there would be no way back. therefore. Many published works.sail with the wind to their backs. even worse than that of Hitler. So. Columbus may not have actually explored what is now the United States.