European Exploration of the World
Oct 31, 1451
Birth of Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus was born in Genoa, the son of Domenico Colombo who is a wool merchant
and his mother Susanna Fontanarossa, who is the daughter of a wool merchant.
Christopher Columbus had three younger brothers called Bartolomeo, Giovanni Pellegrino,
and Giacomo. He also had a sister called Bianchinetta
Jan 1, 1476
The Sinking of Christopher Columbus Boatpirates found impossible to resist. So many successful
pirate attacks were made that galleons were forced to sail
together in fleets with armed vessels for protection.Columbus swims ashore after his ship is sunk in a battle with pirates off Portugal. He joins his brother Bartholomew, a cartographer, in Lisbon.
Oct 26, 1479
Columbus marries Felipa Perestrella e MonizHe met Felipa Perestrello e Moniz. She was partly poor but belonged to a rich noble family. Felipa’s father was the governor of islands known as the Madeira Islands on the northwest coast of Africa. Soon after they got married, they moved to the biggest island of the Madeiras.Christopher and Felipa had a son that they named Diego in 1480. In 1484, Felipa, unfortunately, died. After Columbus had moved to Spain, he had a child in 1484 named Fernando with a woman named BeBeatriz Enriquez de Harana.
Jan 1, 1488
Christopher Columbus AffairHe had another son out of wedlock, with a woman named Beatriz Enriquez de Arana.He carried on a love affair with Beatriz for many years but never married her. His second sons’ name was Ferdinand, who accompanied his father on his last voyage to the Americas.
Aug 3, 1492
Columbus sets out to find the New WorldChristopher Columbus set out on his
first voyage that is known as the New World.
With three ships and a crew of ninety, Columbus hoped to
find a western route to the Far East. Instead, the Nina,
the Pinta, and the Santa Maria landed in the Bahama Islands.
Sep 24, 1493
Christopher Columbus Second VoyageOn a second, larger expedition lasted till June 11, 1496 he
sailed with 17 ships and with 1,500 men to find gold.Columbus main goal was to establish a settlement. For that purpose the fleet carried pigs,horses and cows. Columbus' mission was to expand the settlement on Hispaniola and begin the work of converting natives to Christianity. He also established a base in Hispaniola and sailed around Hispaniola and along the length of southern Cuba. He
spotted and named the island of Dominica.
May 3, 1494
The Sight Of JamaicaChristopher Columbus sighted the island of Jamaica. Spanish
colonists settled in the island fifteen years later, and it fell
into British hands in 1655. Although the Spanish introduced
slavery to Jamaica, the British oversaw its development. By
the end of the eighteenth century, Jamaica was one of the
most valuable colonies in the world, its profitable
plantation economy based on the production of sugar through
the labor of African slaves.One mile west of St. Ann's Bay is
the site of the
May 30, 1498
Cristopher Columbus Third Voyagehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyages_of_Christopher_Columbus#Third_voyageColumbus led the fleet to the Portuguese Porto Santo Island,
his wife's native homeland. He then sailed to the island of Madeira and spent some time there with the Portuguese captain Joao Gonçalves da Camara before sailing to the Canary Islands and Cape Verde. Columbus landed on the south coast of the island of Trinidad on July 31, 1498.From August 4 through August 12, 1498, he explored the Gulf of Paria which separates Trinidad from mainlandVenezuela. He then explored the mainland of South Ame.
May 11, 1502
Christopher Columbus Fourth Voyagehttp://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/thevoyagesofcolumbus/p/08colsfourth.htmChristopher Columbus set out on his fourth and final voyage to the New World. He had four ships and his mission was to explore uncharted areas to the west of the Caribbean, hopefully finding a passage west to the Orient. Columbus did explore parts of southern Central America, but his ships, damaged by a hurricane and termites, fell apart while he was exploring. Columbus and his men were stranded on Jamaica for about a year before being rescued. They returned to Spain in late 1504.
May 20, 1506
Death Of Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus died in Valladolid, Spain, on May 20, 1506, at the age of 54.He had suffered through a long terminal illness that first showed symptoms on his third voyage eight years before.According to his son Fernando, the cause of death was "gout." But in those days, gout was a catchall diagnosis for anything that caused joint pain. Recent research by Gerald Weissmann indicates that the most likelycause of death was Reiter's Syndrome, a rare tropical disease.Upon his death,