An original profile of the explorer that reveals details of his life that may surprise many viewers. Columbus received little credit for his discoveries and died a broken and largely forgotten man.
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While many say that Columbus discovered America, Indians had in fact lived there for thousands of years. Columbus and his crew wasted very little time enslaving these natives.
After a dangerous and deadly voyage, Columbus believed he has discovered a new route to China. However, he actually found the new world.
Columbus died with little fanfare and it is only much later that future generations credited him with the discovery of America.
Believing that he knows a better way to get to China, Columbus finally convinced the Spanish Queen to fund his expedition. However, she only gave him three small ships: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.
The full biography of Christopher Columbus
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