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  • Christopher Columbus was born in a middle class family in Genoa which is now part of Italy. His father worked as a wool weaver, and the mother. He had three brothers and one sister.  
  • Christopher Columbus was learned to become a navigator in Prince Henry's School of Navigation in Portugal.
  • Christopher Columbus wanted fame and fortune. The young man presented to this idea to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to fund his voyage to find a direct water route west from Europe to Asia. 
  • He started his voyage in 1492, where he sailed across the Atlantic ocean with the Santa Maria, Pinta, and the Nina.
  • Instead of finding a shorter route to Asia, he landed Americas. He brought back things from New World that people in Europe never seen. He presented the king and queen with pineapples, turkeys, tobacco, and hammocks. He even brought back some Native American people.  
  • The second Monday of October is ColumbusDay, celebrated as a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1971. This day marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's 1492 landing in the Americas, his "discovery of the New World" for the benefit of the Spanish monarchy.
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