1.83 m or 6feet 0inches
Death Date: May 20, 1506
The voyages of Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic ocean and into the Western hemisphere resulted in the European awareness of what would become known as the new world. Although the birth place of Columbus is long been a subject of debate, mainstream scholars believe that he was born in the Republic of Genoa in North Western Italy.
According to Columbus’s own writings, he claimed to have first gone to see it at the age of 10. At 25 years old, Columbus boarded an armed convoy dispatched by Genoa and ordered to carry valuable cargo to Northern Europe. Columbus visited England, Ireland and Iceland in 1477. He joined his brother in Lisbon and married the daughter of a Portuguese nobleman.
In 1453, Constatinople fell to the ultimate Turks. Rendering the land rate from Europe to Asia tremendously difficult to travel. Meanwhile, Columbus set out to find a different path to reach the Indies or South East Asia. This plan was to sail West across the Atlantic after years of fund raising attempts, Columbus finally had success in 1492.
King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile agreed to fund Columbus’ venture. The first voyage departed on August 3rd, 1492, and was comprised of three ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. On October 12, Columbus and his crew spotted land, and he called the island San Salvador, which is today known as the Bahamas.
He also discovered the North East Coast of Cuba as well as his Spanyola today, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Columbus’ voyages initiated a long lasting period of further European exploration and colonization of newly discovered territories. This of course led to an unprecedented shift in the economical and cultural interest of the known world.