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COLUMBUS Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa Italy on August 25th 1451 and he died in Valladolid Spain on May 20th 1506 His life is filled with mystery and controversy Even though there has been contevercy about his birth date and this birthplace the historians have narrowed it down to this date and place His childhood is another mystery It is said that Columbus was the oldest of five children to poor wool weavers His son has stated that Columbus had attended the University of Pavia Columbus was a good observer and very well read In 1476 Columbus traveled to Lisbon Portugal were there he an established Genoese population including Bartolome he was a noted to be a mapmaker After a couple of years Columbus sailed with the Portuguese through the Mediterranen and the Atlantic as far south as La Mina Present day Elmaina Ghana and as far north as England Columbus also made a voyage to Iceland in 1477 In 1479 Columbus married the Portuguese noblewomen Dona Felipa e Perestrello e Moriz and established land in Porto Santo were his son Diego was born in 1480 When his wife died somewhere between 1481 to 1485 Columbus returned to Lisbon As early as 1484 Columbus got a plan to sail west from the Canary Islands to the Indies now East Indies and the island kingdom of Cipangu modern day Japan When King John II declined Columbuss Enterprises to the Indies he decided to go to the Spanish monarch Columbus traveled to Cordoba in 1488 he and his mistress had another son Columbus presented his plan to King Ferdinan and Queen Isabella two different times but both times
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