Christopher Columbus Analysis Essay

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Analysis of Christopher Columbus
Jalal Taleb
Qatar Canadian School

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who was widely known for discovering America, but he wasn’t the one that really discovered it. He was born in 1451 in Genoa, Liguria, which is now a part of Italy. When he was young (around 14 years old) he had many jobs in Italy, where he worked as a messenger boy and many other small jobs on a ship. And so he was influenced by the sea at a young age.

In the mid 1480’s Christopher focused on his plans of discovery and exploring. His biggest dream was to find a westward route to Asia. In 1484 he had asked king John the II of Portugal to back his voyage west, but was refused. The next year he set out to Spain
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On the first trip, in August 3rd, 1492, Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain hoping to find a westward route to Asia, with 3 ships and around 90 crew members, The Nina (Captained by Vicente Pinzon). The Pinta (Captained by Martin Pinzon). And the Santa Maria (Captained by Columbus).
After around one month and 8 days of sailing, on October 11th, 1492, The Pinta ship has spotted the Caribbean Islands off southeastern North America. Columbus thought that they landed somewhere in Asia, and called that area the Indies, and the people that already lived there he called them the
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If he could sail past the islands and far enough west, he hoped he might still find lands answering to the description of Asia or Japan. He struck the coast of Honduras in Central America and coasted southward along an abandoned shore, suffering terrible hardships, until he reached the Gulf of Darién. Attempting to return to Hispaniola, he was marooned on Jamaica. After his rescue, he was forced to abandon his hopes and return to Spain. Although his voyages were of great importance, Columbus died in relative neglect, having had to petition King Ferdinand in an attempt to secure his promised titles and

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