History UsefulNotes / ChristopherColumbus

18th May '16 5:33:27 PM Timjames98
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In 1492, hurting for cash after defeating Muslim Granada, Ferdinand and Isabella decided to give him what he wanted (although Isabella initially turned him down). Most likely, Ferdinand didn't think he'd come back. However, Columbus was an experienced sailor and was fully aware that the trade winds could carry across the Atlantic with ease. While many would say that Columbus just got lucky, in actuality his feat was impressive. He had to sail in open waters for over a month (longer than anyone else in history up to that point) and had to quell his mutinous sailors who knew less about geography and were afraid they were too far out from land. Eventually, against the odds, they reached land.

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In 1492, hurting for cash after defeating Muslim Granada, Ferdinand and Isabella decided to give him what he wanted (although Isabella initially turned him down). Most likely, [[SnipeHunt Ferdinand didn't think he'd come back.back]]. However, Columbus was an experienced sailor and was fully aware that the trade winds could carry across the Atlantic with ease. While many would say that Columbus just got lucky, in actuality his feat was impressive. He had to sail in open waters for over a month (longer than anyone else in history up to that point) and had to quell his mutinous sailors who knew less about geography and were afraid they were too far out from land. Eventually, against the odds, they reached land.
18th May '16 5:30:06 PM Timjames98
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Columbus was born in October 1451, before the 31st. He was born in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TheCityStateEra?from=Main.CityStateEra Genoa]], which was a [[TheRepublic maritime republic]]. His father was a middle class weaver who also sold cheese, but his brother worked in a cartography workshop. In 1473, he began his apprenticeship as a sailor for a merchant family. He sailed to the Genoese colony of Chios. After that in 1476, he was a sailor in an armed convoy sailing from Genoa to Bristol, England. After that, he might have even sailed to Iceland in 1477. In the fall of 1477 he sailed to Libson, Portugal. There, he met up with his brother and based himself there. He married and had children. Between 1482 and 1487, Columbus sailed along the west African coast to the Portuguese colony of Elmina. His wife died, and he started dating a twenty year old orphan. He taught himself Latin, Castilian, and Portuguese, and he read up on astronomy and on the travels of Marco Polo and John Manderville.

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Columbus was born in October 1451, before the 31st. He was born in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TheCityStateEra?from=Main.CityStateEra Genoa]], which was a [[TheRepublic maritime republic]]. His father was a middle class weaver who also sold cheese, but his brother worked in a cartography workshop. In 1473, he began his apprenticeship as a sailor for a merchant family. He sailed to the Genoese colony of Chios. After that in 1476, he was a sailor in an armed convoy sailing from Genoa to Bristol, England. [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/Britain England]]. After that, he might have even sailed to Iceland [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/Ireland Iceland]] in 1477. In the fall of 1477 he sailed to Libson, Portugal.[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/Portugal Portugal]]. There, he met up with his brother and based himself there. [[BabiesEverAfter He married and had children.children]]. Between 1482 and 1487, Columbus sailed along the west African coast to the Portuguese colony of Elmina. His wife died, and he started dating a twenty year old orphan. [[CunningLinguist He taught himself Latin, Castilian, and Portuguese, Portuguese]], and he read up on astronomy and on the travels of Marco Polo and John Manderville.
18th May '16 5:25:21 PM Timjames98
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Columbus was born in October 1451, before the 31st. He was born in Genoa, which was a maritime republic. His father was a middle class weaver who also sold cheese, but his brother worked in a cartography workshop. In 1473, he began his apprenticeship as a sailor for a merchant family. He sailed to the Genoese colony of Chios. After that in 1476, he was a sailor in an armed convoy sailing from Genoa to Bristol, England. After that, he might have even sailed to Iceland in 1477. In the fall of 1477 he sailed to Libson, Portugal. There, he met up with his brother and based himself there. He married and had children. Between 1482 and 1487, Columbus sailed along the west African coast to the Portuguese colony of Elmina. His wife died, and he started dating a twenty year old orphan. He taught himself Latin, Castilian, and Portuguese, and he read up on astronomy and on the travels of Marco Polo and John Manderville.

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Columbus was born in October 1451, before the 31st. He was born in Genoa, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TheCityStateEra?from=Main.CityStateEra Genoa]], which was a [[TheRepublic maritime republic.republic]]. His father was a middle class weaver who also sold cheese, but his brother worked in a cartography workshop. In 1473, he began his apprenticeship as a sailor for a merchant family. He sailed to the Genoese colony of Chios. After that in 1476, he was a sailor in an armed convoy sailing from Genoa to Bristol, England. After that, he might have even sailed to Iceland in 1477. In the fall of 1477 he sailed to Libson, Portugal. There, he met up with his brother and based himself there. He married and had children. Between 1482 and 1487, Columbus sailed along the west African coast to the Portuguese colony of Elmina. His wife died, and he started dating a twenty year old orphan. He taught himself Latin, Castilian, and Portuguese, and he read up on astronomy and on the travels of Marco Polo and John Manderville.
27th Apr '16 7:38:04 AM Timjames98
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Columbus's voyages opened up the Americas to the Old World, bringing over disease which wiped out 90% of the Native Americans.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Columbus's voyages opened up the Americas to the Old World, bringing over disease which wiped out 90% of the Native Americans. This probably wasn't what he planned for the New World.
24th Apr '16 11:57:52 AM gemmabeta2
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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to [[BoldExplorer find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia]] (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).

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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to [[BoldExplorer find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia]] (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland (Canada) failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).
20th Apr '16 1:41:49 AM kelly232
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* TheMutiny: On Columbus's first voyage, his crew thought they would die in the middle of the ocean and almost did this. [[AvertedTrope But then he found land.

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* TheMutiny: On Columbus's first voyage, his crew thought they would die in the middle of the ocean and almost did this. [[AvertedTrope But then he found land.]]
30th Mar '16 6:39:18 PM DoctorCooper
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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).

On his most famous voyage, the 1492 transatlantic trip in the ships ''Niña'', ''Pinta'', and ''Santa Maria'', he was searching for a route to "India," which at the time meant Asia--specifically, he was hoping to find Japan. When he finally reached land, all he could tell was that the natives were neither Japanese nor Chinese, and so he was at a loss to figure out where he really was. Figuring he'd landed on some previously-unknown part of Asia, he referred to the natives generically as "Indians," and the island chain as the "East Indies". (Today, we've corrected this second mistake, and refer to these islands as the ''West'' Indies.) On his third voyage, in 1498, he realized he'd found a hitherto-unknown continent (South America), but he never learned that he hadn't come close to reaching Asia.

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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to [[BoldExplorer find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia Asia]] (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).

On his most famous voyage, the 1492 transatlantic trip in the ships ''Niña'', ''Pinta'', and ''Santa Maria'', he was searching for a route to "India," "India", which at the time meant Asia--specifically, he was hoping to find Japan. When he finally reached land, all he could tell was that the natives were neither Japanese nor Chinese, and so he was at a loss to figure out where he really was. Figuring he'd landed on some previously-unknown part of Asia, he referred to the natives generically as "Indians," and the island chain as the "East Indies". (Today, we've corrected this second mistake, and refer to these islands as the ''West'' Indies.) On his third voyage, in 1498, he realized he'd found a hitherto-unknown continent (South America), but he never learned that he hadn't come close to reaching Asia.



* BoldExplorer: Just look at the page's picture.
17th Mar '16 5:25:43 PM DoctorCooper
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* DashingHispanic: Played with. Christopher Colombus was actually Italian, but he spent a lot of time among Spanish people and undoubtably took up a few of their customs.



* TheMutiny: On Columbus's first voyage, his crew thought they would die in the middle of the ocean and almost did this. [[AvertedTrope But then he found land]].
* ThePlague: Columbus's voyages brought diseases over to the Americas which killed off ninety percent of the native population. It is important to remember that he didn't intend for this to happen and that medical science of the day was not good enough for him to have known to take precautions.

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* TheMutiny: On Columbus's first voyage, his crew thought they would die in the middle of the ocean and almost did this. [[AvertedTrope But then he found land]].
* ThePlague: Columbus's voyages brought diseases over to the Americas which killed off ninety percent of the native population. It is important to remember that he didn't intend for this to happen and that medical science of the day was not good enough for him to have known to take precautions.
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* RedHeadedHero: Columbus had red hair. Subverted in that his hair turned grey when he got old.
19th Dec '15 8:25:11 PM karstovich2
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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]].

On his most famous voyage, the 1492 transatlantic trip in the ships ''Niña'', ''Pinta'', and ''Santa Maria'', he was searching for a route to "India," which at the time meant Asia -- specifically, he was hoping to find Japan. When he finally reached land, all he could tell was that the natives were neither Japanese nor Chinese, and so he was at a loss to figure out where he really was. Figuring he'd landed on some previously-unknown part of Asia, he referred to the natives generically as "Indians," and the island chain as the "East Indies". (Today, we've corrected this second mistake, and refer to these islands as the ''West'' Indies.) On his third voyage, in 1498, he realized he'd found a hitherto-unknown continent (South America), but he never learned that he hadn't come close to reaching Asia.

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A famous historical figure, known as the sailor who wanted to find an easier trade route from Europe to Asia (NOT to prove the Earth was round, contrary to popular belief) only to discover the Americas during his travels. As you probably know, he was not the first European to discover the Americas [[note]]The credit goes to Leif Erikson and the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] 500 years before Columbus. Ultimately their settlements failed and were largely forgotten until more recent times.[[/note]], but it was his efforts that led directly to the the Colombian Exchange, through which European exploration colonization shaped the Western Hemisphere, and with it the entire world, into its current form. An inestimable boon for the nations of Europe, though [[ThePurge considerably less advantageous]] for the [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans American indigenous natives]].

natives]] (albeit mostly for [[ThePlague reasons not intended by anybody]]).

On his most famous voyage, the 1492 transatlantic trip in the ships ''Niña'', ''Pinta'', and ''Santa Maria'', he was searching for a route to "India," which at the time meant Asia -- specifically, Asia--specifically, he was hoping to find Japan. When he finally reached land, all he could tell was that the natives were neither Japanese nor Chinese, and so he was at a loss to figure out where he really was. Figuring he'd landed on some previously-unknown part of Asia, he referred to the natives generically as "Indians," and the island chain as the "East Indies". (Today, we've corrected this second mistake, and refer to these islands as the ''West'' Indies.) On his third voyage, in 1498, he realized he'd found a hitherto-unknown continent (South America), but he never learned that he hadn't come close to reaching Asia.
14th Oct '15 1:38:38 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* DownerEnding: Columbus discovered two new continents, and yet he died in poverty. [[BittersweetEnding It wasn't all bad though]], as his tomb is Seville is topped with a statue of four Spanish kings holding up his casket, indicating just how important they thought he was to them.

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* DownerEnding: Columbus discovered two new continents, and yet he died in poverty. [[BittersweetEnding It wasn't all bad though]], as his tomb is in Seville is topped with a statue of four Spanish kings holding up his casket, indicating just how important they thought he was to them.
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