The ATLAS Protected Network Help fight CyberCrime! Choose an ATLAS Protected Network ISP

This Day in History

World History

Sunday, May 20, 1506. :   Christopher Columbus, discoverer of the "New World", dies, believing all his journeys had been along the East Coast of Asia.

     Christopher Columbus was born circa 30 October 1451: there is some doubt as to his actual country and region of birth. Columbus was determined to pioneer a western sea route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. On 3 August 1492 Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three small ships, the Santa Marıa, the Pinta, and the Niña. During his journeys, Columbus explored the West Indies, South America, and Central America. He became the first explorer and trader to cross the Atlantic Ocean and sight the land of the Americas, on 12 October 1492, under the flag of Castile, a former kingdom of modern day Spain. It is most probable that the land he first sighted was Watling Island in the Bahamas.

Columbus returned to Spain laden with gold and new discoveries from his travels, including the previously unknown tobacco plant and the pineapple fruit. The success of his first expedition prompted his commissioning for a second voyage to the New World, and he set out from Cıdiz in September 1493. He explored Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and various smaller Caribbean islands, and further ensuing explorations yielded discoveries such as Venezuela. Through all this, Columbus believed that he was travelling to parts of Asia. He believed Hispaniola was Japan, and that the peaks of Cuba were the Himalayas of India.

Although passionate about converting the world to Christianity, Columbus fell out with the Spanish King and Queen, as he repeatedly suggested slavery as a way to profit from the new colonies. These suggestions were all rejected by the monarchs, who preferred to view the natives as future members of Christendom. Columbus was stripped of his governorship of Hispaniola for mismanagement and his treatment of rebellious settlers and Indians. Thus, although he became wealthy as a result of his explorations, he was not given the rewards he felt he was due. Columbus died on 20 May 1506, still believing that he had found the route to the Asian continent.

Receive "Today in History" on your Desktop Receive "Today in History" by EMail
 
Do It Yourself Web Pages. This is a DIY Web Page. Click Here to create your own masterpiece today. Proudly brought to you by Web Management InterActive Technologies Pty Ltd Email: today@wmit.net.au Terms | Prefs | Privacy © 1984-2017 Web Management Do It Yourself Web Pages. This is a DIY Web Page. Click Here to create your own masterpiece today. Proudly brought to you by Web Management InterActive Technologies Pty Ltd