When Christopher Columbus got off the ship, he had thought he had made it to Asia.
Before Christopher and his crew left, they gathered turkeys, pineapples, and some natives he had captured to present to the king and Queen of Italy.
After making his discovery, Columbus was eager to return home to Spain and claim his riches. Only the Pinta and the Nina were able to return to Spain, however, as the Santa Maria wrecked off the coast of Hispaniola. Columbus left 43 men behind on the island to start up an outpost.
Upon returning home, Columbus was treated like a hero. He presented some of the things he had found including turkeys, pineapples, and some natives he had captured. The King of Spain was pleased enough to fund future expeditions.
The navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid (Spain) on May 20, 1506, at age 55, following a heart attack. According to a study published in February 2007 by Antonio Rodriguez Cuartero, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Granada, Columbus died of a heart attack caused by Reiter's syndrome (also known as reactive arthritis).