Christopher Columbus

This page is about Christopher Columbus and the New World.

The New WorldEdit

In 1492, Christopher Columbus, seeking a faster route from Europe to Asia for its spices, accidentally made one of the largest discoveries known to mankind. He discovered what would be known as America. Christopher originally thought that the world was much more compressed that it actually is, so he did not imagine that there would be another continent wedged in between his quest. If America had not been there, Christopher would have suceeded in his original quest.

When Christopher arrived to America with his three ships (Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria) and his 88 men, he believed he was on the shore of the Indies, and started exploring. In fact, he was actually exploring parts of modern day Cuba and Hispaniola. Since he believed this to be the Indies, he called the natives who were already living there "Indians".  He returned to Spain with birds, plants, gold, and Indians that he had captured and deemed as slaves. As a result of his lavish profits, he recieved a heroes welcome. 

5 months later, Christopher made another voyage to the New World. However, he found that the forts his men had built were burnt down by fire and his men were nowhere to be seen. However, he had enough men and supplies to start a colony on Hispaniola. 7 months later, Columbus sent back a ship full of slaves back to Spain. He also returned to Spain. He did return in 1498, but the settlers disliked the conditions and sent Columbus back as a prisoner. He recieved a pardon from the King and Queen though. In 1502, he made his final voyage to America. He stayed on modern day Jamaica for two years before returning. Surprisingly, Christopher refused to believe that he was in a new world despite the fact that the environment was completley different. He never gave up looking for a passage into the Indies.