Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa Italy in 1451
Genoa was a busy sea port and his dad was a wool merchant. The Columbus family hoped to get rich in trade.
At the age of 13 Columbus went to sea and learned how to sail a wooden ship with sails and how to navigate using the sun and stars.
He went to live in Spain. There is a story that says he swam to Spain after his ship got attacked by pirates.
Columbus thought that he could sail west 3,000 miles he would reach east Asia. Little did he know, the Americas were in the way.
So Columbus set sail on three ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria
Columbus thought he had reached India, so he called the people there Indians. Little did he know he was in America
Christopher Columbus is best known for "finding" America but that is not the only thing he did, his journey started a large route that would bring many riches, spices, cultures and even diseases to all around the world.