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Christopher Columbus was an Italian navigator He was born in 1451 in Genoa Italy He was the oldest of three sons He was the first European to sail across the Atlantic Ocean He began working at sea early and moved to Portugal He got married to Felipa Perestello e Moniz in 1479 and had a son in 1480 named Diego A few years later Felipa died and Columbus began another relationship with Beatriz Enriquez de Harana of Cordoba and had his second son Ferdinand Columbus first voyage he departed from the port of Palos in southern Spain on August 2 1492 in command of three ships the Nia the Pinta and the Santa Maria They first called at the Canary Islands and got delayed there for four weeks While sailing in Cuba on November 22 Martin Alonso Pinzon captain of the Pinto left the two other ships and sailed on his own Columbus continued with the other two ships On Christmas Eve the Santa Maria sank He then used the remaining of that ship and built a new one called the La Navidad On January 6th Columbus came upon the Pinto and returned back to Spain with it The two ships then departed Hispaniola from Samana Bay on January 16 but then separated again by bad storms Columbus then arrived at Lisbon on March 4 and finally made it back home at Palos on March 15 1493 A few days later Pinzon arrived in Lisbon and died a few days later After the First voyage Christopher Columbus took a break before beginning the second one The fleet left Hierro in the Canary Islands on October 13 1493 with 17 ships After sailing for 3 weeks straight then stopped in the West Indies on November 3rd the fleet the n moved North to Dominica and Puerto Rico before arriving at Hispaniola on November 22 Returning to his fortress on November 22 in Navidad he found all
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