Christopher Columbus facts | Facts about Columbus: An Italian explorer and navigator who have explored many new places in the world. He completed his four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Here are few interesting facts about Christopher Columbus.
Christopher Columbus facts:
- Christopher Columbus Italian name was the Cristoforo Colombo. He was a citizen of the Republic of Genoa.
- Machu Picchu was built in the year 1450 CE, less than 50 years before Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World.
- Christopher Columbus once punished a man who was found guilty of stealing corn by having his nose and ears cut off and then selling him into the slavery.
- Christopher Columbus was not an educated man, and yet, he learned Latin, Portuguese, and Castilian, and read widely about astronomy, geography, and history.
- No one knows how Christopher Columbus looked like. No official contemporary portraits of him are found. Most just reconstructed his appearance from the written descriptions.
- There’s a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus alive today. He’s a Spanish noble.
- Christopher Columbus showed an interest in the Bible and Biblical prophecies, and would often quote biblical texts in his letters and logs.
Columbus and America:
- Leif Erikson is considered as the first European to land in North America, nearly 500 years before Columbus.
- The last Moorish kingdom in the Spain fell in the same year Columbus reached the Americas.
- Some historians believe that Columbus visited the Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula in 1477 and there he learned of Viking explorations of the New World.
- Between 1492 and 1503, Christopher Columbus completed around four round-trip voyages between the Spain and the Americas, all of them were under the sponsorship of the Crown of Castile.
- Christopher Columbus brought the first lemon seeds to America.
- When Columbus “discovered” Americas, the continent was previously inhabited by 90 million people who were a third of the world’s population.
Interesting Columbus Facts:
- 2200 years ago, Eratosthenes determined the Earth’s circumference using math, without ever leaving Egypt. He was exceptionally accurate. Christopher Columbus later studied him.
- Over 3 million people perished from the war, slavery, and the mines in Hispaniola under the rule of Columbus.
- When Columbus needed a place to store his loot, he went to the Banco di San Giorgio in the Genoa, Italy, the world’s first public modern bank.
- Towards the end of his life, Christopher Columbus produced a “Book of Prophecies,” in which his career as the explorer is interpreted in the light of Christian eschatology and of the apocalypticism.
- Christopher Columbus thought that the Earth was shaped like a woman’s breast.
- Christopher Columbus thought he saw mermaids in 1493, but from his description, they were probably manatees.
- Christopher Columbus correctly predicted an eclipse to fool the native inhabitants of Jamaica into giving him food and supplies.
These are the various Christopher Columbus facts.