Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus somewhere between 31st October 1450 and 30th October 1451 and on 20th May 1506. He was an Italian explorer, navigator, and coloniser. He four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean under the Spanish Crown. Those journeys, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola, the Spanish colonisation of the New World.

During his time there was great economic competition between several European kingdoms over the trade routes and colonies. Columbus to find a new trade route to the East Indies to start the spice trade with Asia. During his first voyage in 1492, instead of reaching Japan, he in the New World on an island he named San Salvador. During three more voyages, Columbus to the Greater and Lesser Antilles, as well as the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and Central America, claiming them for the Spanish Empire.

Although Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, his expeditions to the first lasting European contact with the Americas. He also started a period of European exploration, conquest, and colonisation that for several centuries.

He never that he had reached a continent unknown to Europeans instead of the East Indies and called the inhabitants of the lands indios (i.e. Indians).

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