Christopher Columbus' birthplace was Italy, but his famous trip across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 departed from Spain. Born in 1451 in the seaport city of Genoa, Italy, Columbus became actively involved in the sailing in... More »

Columbus was born in the Italian republic of Genoa as the son of a wool weaver, and little is known about his childhood. He may have attended school, but very little is known as his parents were not wealthy enough nor no... More »

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 technique... More »

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain sponsored Christopher Columbus's first voyage in 1492. Under the terms of the sponsorship, Columbus would become viceroy of all lands discovered and keep 1/10 of all valuables f... More »

Christopher Columbus believed that he had reached East Asia after crossing the Atlantic Ocean and landing near a Bahamian island. Columbus' voyage was sponsored by Ferdinand II and Isabella of Spain, in order to find a n... More »

Before attempting his first voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus made a business agreement with Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain that entitled him to 10 percent of any profits he made during his voyage.... More »

Christopher Columbus married Felipa Moniz Perestrelo in 1477. She died approximately two or three years later giving birth to their son, who was christened Diego. More »