Essay Archive - Biography of Christopher Columbus
Biography of Christopher Columbus
Columbus, Christopher (Italian Cristoforo Colombo, Spanish Cristó
bal Colón) (1451-1506), Italian-Spanish navigator who sailed west across
the Atlantic Ocean in search of a route to Asia but achieved fame by making
landfall, instead, in the Caribbean Sea. Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy.
His father was a weaver, and it is believed that Christopher entered this
trade as a young man. Information about the beginning of his seafaring
career is uncertain, but the independent city-state of Genoa had a busy
port, and he may have sailed as a commercial agent in his youth. In the
mid-1470s he ....