Christopher Columbus Embarks On Maiden Voyage In Search Of A Western Route To The East Indies – August 3, 1492

Columbus lands on the New World at San Salvador

lands on the New World at San Salvador | Artwork by Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín

Christopher Columbus (c. 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the continents in the Western Hemisphere. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola, initiated the process of Spanish colonization, which foreshadowed the general European colonization of the “New World”.

via This Day In History – August 3rd.

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