The Velez Family & Friends from Isabela, Puerto Rico 2002:Information about Christopher Columbus
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Christopher Columbus (b. Abt. August 26, 1451, d. May 1506)Christopher Columbus (son of Domenico Colombo and Susanna Fontanarossa) was born Abt. August 26, 1451 in Vico dell'Olivella, Genoa, Italy, and died May 1506 in Valladolid, Spain.He married Felipa Moniz Perestrello on 1479 in Lisboa, daughter of Enrique Moniz and Isabel da Costa.
Notes for Christopher Columbus:
This is Christopher Columbus, discoverer of the New World.[costa.FTW]
he sailed as a common seaman aboard a Genoese merchantman bound
for Lisbon, Portugal; England; and Flanders. Since many
Mediterranean nations were at war, the ship traveled in convoy.
Off the south coast of Portugal the convoy was attacked, and
the ship went down. He swam to shore and made his way to
Lisbon. Genoese friends took him in and later found him a berth
on an Iceland-bound ship. On his return he settled in Lisbon.
At this time Portugal was the world's greatest seafaring
nation. A half century before, Portugese mariners began making
important voyages of discovery under the sponsorship of Prince
Henry the Navigator. Many Genoese had prospered in Lisbon, and
Columbus saw his chance to become a sea captain under the
First, however, he had to educate himself. He learned to
speak and read Portuguese and Castilian (the official language
of Spain) and mastered Latin so he could read scholarly books
on geography. To earn his living he became a chart maker. He
also made at least one voyage as agent for a Genoese merchant
Columbus' remains were transferred to a monastery in Seville
where his son Diego had been buried
Felipa's high social rank enabled Columbus to meet important
officials. She gave him her father's collection of charts and
documents. From these Columbus gained more knowledge of
Portuguese discoveries and plans. In 1481, he entered the
service of King Joao II of Portugal and voyaged to the Gold
Coast of Africa
Columbus applied for ships and men from King Joao II of
Portugal. The king's committee decided that his plan was
unsound, and the application was refused. Meanwhile, Columbus'
wife had died. Taking his son, Diego, he journeyed to Spain to
seek backers. He left Diego in the care of the Franciscan
friars at the monastery of La Rabida
King Joao invited Columbus to return to Portugal. During the
second review of Columbus' expedition plan, Bartholomew Diaz
returned from discovering the Cape of Good Hope at the southern
tip of Africa. This meant that an eastern sea route to India
was open; the Portuguese were no longer interested in an
unproved western route. Columbus returned to Spain
his body was taken with his son's
a box believed to contain Columbus' bones was taken to Havana,
then removed to Seville in 1899. In 1877, however, another
casket bearing the admiral's name had been found entombed in
the Cathedral of Santo Domingo
More About Christopher Columbus:
Died 2: May 20, 1506, Valladolid, Spain.
More About Christopher Columbus and Felipa Moniz Perestrello:
Marriage: 1479, Lisboa.
Children of Christopher Columbus and Felipa Moniz Perestrello are:
- +Diego Columbus, b. Abt. 1480, Porto Santo, Madeira, Portugal, d. Bef. 1513, Spain.