Born 1451 Genoa; died 1506 Valladolid, Castile, age 54; travelled as far north as the British Isles and as far south as Ghana; appointed by Isabella I of Castile; fathered one son by his wife and one son by a mistress.
He landed in the Bahamas, visited Cuba and Hispaniola, now Haiti, and made three more voyages to the Americas: Lesser Antilles, Trinidad, and the northern coast of South America and east coast of Central America.
“Columbus learned Latin, Portuguese, and Castilian. He read widely about astronomy, geography, and history, including the works of Ptolemy, Pierre d'Ailly's Imago Mundi, the travels of Marco Polo and Sir John Mandeville, Pliny's Natural History, and Pope Pius II's Historia rerum ubique gestarum.
“According to historian Edmund Morgan, ‘Columbus was not a scholarly man. Yet he studied these books, made hundreds of marginal notations in them, and came out with ideas about the world that were characteristically simple and strong and sometimes wrong….’”
The movie clip –
Vangelis Papathanasiou, “Conquest of Paradise”, from the soundtrack of the film: 1492 Conquest of Paradise, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Gérard Depardieu as Christopher Columbus, released 1992. The song is pseudo-Latin. See the entry of 11/25/2021 for the lyrics.
Columbus is an inspiration to young people for daring.
little girl, painted lady, and Saint Mary