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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS It is thought by many that Christopher Columbus was a skilled sailor on a mission of greed Many think that he in fact did it all for the money honor and the status that comes with an explorer but this is not the case entirely Columbus was an adventurer and was enthused by the thrill of the quest of the unknown Columbus had a firm religious faith and a scientific curiosity a zest for life the felling for beauty and the striving for novelty that we associate with the advancement of learning He had heard of the legendary Atlantic voyages and sailors reports of land to the west of Madeira and the Azores He believed that Japan was about 4800 km to the west of Portugal In 1484 Columbus wanted support for an exploratory voyage from King John II of Portugal but he was refused In 1485 Columbus took his son Diego and went to Spain to get some help Christopher waited on the queen for a meeting for over nine month with no funds due to her rigorous schedule on his journey to meet the queen he walked in to a physicians shop and began a relationship with his daughter Columbus eventually had a child with his mistress but was unable to marry her do the fact that she was a peasant and that he already had a wife with must higher social status Columbus would have given his social placement up for this women but could not it is said that she was constantly on his conscience By the time Christopher reached early thirties he was a master mariner in the Portuguese merchant service which was the finest merchant marine of that time He had sailed from above the artic circle to almost the equator and from the eastern Aegean to the outer Azores He
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