Christopher Columbus died in 1506 from Reiter's Syndrome, an illness caused by intestinal bacterial infections or sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea. No one is sure how old Columbus was at the time of his death, but historians place his age at around 55.Continue Reading
When Columbus returned from his travels to Spain in 1503, he was beginning to feel ill. He was suffering from inflammation of the eyes as well as arthritis, and doubts were raised about his mental condition. By May of 1505, his condition was dramatically worsening. He died on May 20, 1506.
As of 2014, Columbus is buried in Spain at the Seville Cathedral.Learn more about Exploration & Imperialism
As History.com points out, though Christopher Columbus did not discover the New World, one of the impacts of his exploration was the opening of the North America to settlement and exploitation. Another impact was the devastation of the native population through disease, subjugation and environmental deterioration.Full Answer >
Christopher Columbus spent a significant amount of time as a child at sea, which led to his desire to become an explorer. Columbus was born in Italy in 1451 to a family of wool weavers. Despite learning weaving techniques as a young boy, Columbus developed an interest in maritime pursuits.Full Answer >
According to About, Christopher Columbus's wife's name was Felipa Perestrello. The couple lived together in Lisbon, Portugal. The couple met after Columbus swam to the Portuguese shore when the ship from his first voyage in 1476 was burned at sea.Full Answer >
Christopher Columbus' father, Domenico Columbus, was a wool weaver. Columbus was born into a middle-class family that worked as weavers in Genoa, Italy. Columbus was ashamed of his banal family background and did not often speak of his parents.Full Answer >