Christopher Columbus was an explorer, and colonizer from the Republic of Genoa in Italy. In 1492, he set sail across the Atlantic to find a western route to India, and inadvertently "discovered" the Bahamas. Initially, Columbus was convinced that this new world was indeed India, but later he came to believe that he had found "a mighty continent which was hitherto unknown." His trips across the Atlantic Ocean to the new world expanded European knowledge of the world and jump started a massive race by the European powers to colonize the western hemisphere.
Christopher Columbus (before 31 October 1451 - 20 May 1506) was an explorer, navigator, and colonizer, born in the Republic of Genoa, in what is today northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola, initiated the Spanish colonization of the New World.
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