Word Count: 237Columbus was an Italianand a Spanish navigator who sailed across the Atlantic insearch of Asia but accidentally found North Americainstead.
His Dad was a weaver and historians believe that hetook over the business, after that he may have also sailedwith a commercial agent when he was young. In 1476 hesailed with a convoy heading for England but didnt make itbecause they were attacked by pirates of the coast ofPortugal where his ship sank. After his ship sank, he swamto shore and headed to Lisbon. His brother, Bartholomew,lived there and worked as a cartographer. Based oninformation he got from his trips, and by looking at maps andcharts, he concluded that the world was 25% smaller thaneveryone thought and that it was mostly made up of landinstead of water.Order now
Based on these thoughts he believed thathe could get to Asia Faster by sailing west. In 1484 he tookhis ideas to John the second (king of Portugal), asking himto finance his idea. His proposal was rejecte! d by a royalMaritime commission because of his miscalculations. Afterthat, he moved to Spain to try and get them to finance histrip by winning the support of people in high places. Aroundthis time he met Beatriz Enriquez, who became his mistressand the mother of his second son. The final months of his lifewere spent fighting illness and trying to secure restitutionfrom King Ferdinand of all his privileges.
He finally died onmay 20th 1506. .