Columbus was an Italian explorer who sailed on behalf of Spain. He was looking for a route to India, which he believed he found. Despite being in the Americas.
Traveled from 1492-1504
Voyages of Columbus: 1. Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola 2. Hispaniola 3. Venezuela 4. Cuba and Hispaniola
Traded with locals for cotton, parrots, glass beads, and spears Treated native people inhumanely; forced labor Many died from diseases introduced by explorers Tricked natives into obedience by punishing with "taking the moon away." It was a lunar eclipse. His first settlement, Christmas Town, was massacred and destroyed by locals Died believing he had discovered route to Asia
Credited with/blamed for opening the New World to European exploration