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He led the first European expeditions to the CaribbeanCentral Americaand South Americainitiating the permanent European colonization of the Americas. Christopher columbus redhead explorer discovered the viable sailing route to the Americas, a continent which was not then known to the Old World.

While what he thought he had discovered was a route to the Far East, he is credited with the opening of the Americas for conquest and settlement by Europeans. Columbus's early life is somewhat obscure, but scholars generally agree that he was born in the Republic of Genoa and spoke a dialect of Ligurian as his first language.

He went to sea at a young age and travelled widely, as far north as the British Isles and possibly Iceland and as far south as what is now Ghana. He married a Portuguese woman and was based in Lisbon for several years, but later took a Spanish mistress; he had one son with each woman.

Though largely self-educated, Columbus was widely read in geography, astronomy, and history. He formulated a plan to seek a western sea passage to the East Indies Christopher columbus redhead explorer, hoping to profit from the lucrative spice trade.

After years of lobbying, the Catholic Monarchs of Spain Christopher columbus redhead explorer to sponsor a journey west, in the name of the Crown of Castile. Columbus left Spain in August with three ships, and after a stopover in the Canary Islands made landfall in the Americas on 12 October now celebrated as Columbus Day.

His landing place was an island in the BahamasChristopher columbus redhead explorer by its native inhabitants as Guanahani ; its exact location is uncertain. Columbus subsequently visited Cuba and Hispaniolaestablishing a colony in what is now Haiti — the Christopher columbus redhead explorer European settlement in the Americas since the Norse colonies almost years earlier.

He arrived back in Spain in earlybringing a number of captive natives with him. Word of his discoveries soon spread throughout Europe.

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Columbus would make three further voyages to the New World, exploring the Lesser Antilles inTrinidad and the northern coast of South America inand the eastern coast of Central America in Many of the names he gave to geographical features — particularly islands — are still in use. He continued to Christopher columbus redhead explorer a passage to the East Indies, and the extent to which Christopher columbus redhead explorer was aware that the Americas were a wholly separate landmass is uncertain; he gave the name indios "Indians" to the indigenous peoples he encountered.

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Columbus's strained relationship with the Spanish crown and its appointed colonial administrators in America led to his arrest and removal Christopher columbus redhead explorer Hispaniola inand later to protracted litigation over the benefits that he and his heirs claimed were owed to them by the crown. Columbus's expeditions Christopher columbus redhead explorer a period of exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted for centuries, helping create the modern Western world.

The transfers between the Old World and New World that followed his first voyage are known as the Columbian exchangeand the period of human habitation in the Americas prior to his arrival is known as the Pre-Columbian era. Columbus's legacy continues to be debated.

Many landmarks and institutions in the Western Hemisphere bear his name, including the country of Colombia. His mother was Susanna Fontanarossa.


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