As a boy, Christopher Columbus [birth name Cristoforo Colombo born in Genoa, Italy in 1451] vowed to himself that he would go to sea when old enough. He had always been rather fascinated by it. Christopher had little eduction as a boy so he didn’t learn to read or write.
August 3, 1492
In his adolescence, Columbus was a sailor. On one particular occasion , French pirates attacked the ship that he was a crewman of. He was able to swim the 6 kilometres back to shore though.
October 1, 1492
King John of Portugal refuses to pay for Christopher Columbus’ voyage. He thought [and indeed was right] that the world was much larger than Christopher was suggesting.
October 9, 1501
The rulers of Spain [Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand] give Christopher 3 ships [the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria], 90 crewmen and supplies for his voyages. Christopher sets sail.
Birds are spotted in the sky, branched are seen in the water; there are signs that land is near. On the 8th, there are more signs and Christopher is growing impatient. On the 12th, land is spotted. Christopher believed they were on the surrounding islands of Japan and names the land ‘San Salvador’, even though he was in the Bahamas.
After treating his crew badly, Christopher Columbus is imprisoned. He is freed 3 years later before he was rejected of the funding he requested by the rulers of Spain and died 1 year after that.