When you think of exploring new territorywhat comes to mind? Hacking through wild bush with a machete?
Age of Discovery Quick Facts: He is credited for discovering the Americas inalthough we know today people were there long before him; his real achievement was that he opened the door for more exploration to a New World. Introduction We know that InColumbus sailed the ocean blue. But what did he actually discover?
The purpose for his voyages was to find a passage to Asia by sailing west. Never actually accomplishing this mission, his explorations mostly included the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America, all of which were already inhabited by Native groups.
He had three brothers: Bartholomew, Giovanni, and Giacomo; and a Columbus exploration named Bianchinetta. In the mid 15th century, Portugal was desperately trying to find a faster trade route to Asia. Exotic goods such as spices, ivory, silk, and gems were popular items of trade.
However, Europeans often had to travel through the Middle East to reach Asia. At this time, Muslim nations imposed high taxes on European travels crossing through. There were rumors from other sailors that Asia could be reached by sailing west. Hearing this, Christopher Columbus decided to try and make this revolutionary journey himself.
First, he needed ships and supplies, which required money that he did not have. He went to King John of Portugal who turned him down.
He then went to the rulers of England, and France. Each declined his request for funding. He headed west from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean. On October 12 land was sighted. He gave the first island he landed on the name San Salvador, although the native population called it Guanahani.
He even proposed that the island of Cuba was a part of China. He continued sailing throughout the Caribbean and named many islands he encountered after his ship, king, and queen: It is hard to determine specifically which islands Columbus visited on this voyage.
His descriptions of the native peoples, geography, and plant life do give us some clues though. One place we do know he stopped was in present-day Haiti.
He named the island Hispaniola. Hispaniola today includes both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In January ofColumbus sailed back to Europe to report what he found. Due to rough seas, he was forced to land in Portugal, an unfortunate event for Columbus.
With relations between Spain and Portugal strained during this time, Ferdinand and Isabella suspected that Columbus was taking valuable information or maybe goods to Portugal, the country he had lived in for several years.
Those who stood against Columbus would later use this as an argument against him.
Eventually, Columbus was allowed to return to Spain bringing with him tobacco, turkey, and some new spices. He also brought with him several natives of the islands, of whom Queen Isabella grew very fond.
Subsequent Voyages Columbus took three other similar trips to this region.Official online store of the Christopher Columbus High School Explorers, where you can purchase merchandise, gifts and memorabilia.
The First New World Voyage of Christopher Columbus () European Exploration of the Americas. Christopher Columbus believed the world was round. Everyone around him said the world was flat. Christopher was determined to prove his theory, and this timeline shows how he did it. Christopher Columbus made one of the most famous voyages of exploration in when he sailed from Palos, Spain in search of a route to Asia and the Indies.
Instead, Columbus found the New World. Watch video · Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus is remembered for his discovery of the 'New World,' and how his legacy of European colonization is a controversial one. Convinced his exploration had. Enjoy the best Christopher Columbus Quotes at BrainyQuote.
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