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Christopher Columbus: The explorer who changed the world

Christopher Columbus, a name inextricably linked to the discovery of the New World. He was an Italian navigator and explorer who undertook one of the greatest voyages of discovery in history in the 15th century. In this blog post I would like to give you a brief insight into the life and achievements of Christopher Columbus.

Born in Genoa, Italy in 1451, Columbus grew up in a seafaring family. From an early age he developed a passion for the sea and exploring unknown territories. Inspired by reports of new trade routes to India, he decided to embark on his own journey.

On August 3, 1492, Columbus put to sea with three ships - the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Niña. His goal was to find a western sea route to India. After a long and arduous journey, he finally reached land on October 12, 1492. It was one of the most groundbreaking discoveries in history - the islands of the Caribbean that later became known as the "West Indies".

This discovery marked the beginning of the Age of European Discovery and changed world history forever. Columbus made a total of four voyages to the New World, exploring the coasts of Central and South America and parts of the Caribbean. His travels led to the founding of European colonies in the New World and the opening of new trade routes.

Although Columbus is celebrated for his discoveries, the downsides of his voyages cannot be overlooked. The encounters with the native peoples led to conflict, exploitation and suffering. Columbus' role in history is therefore controversial and viewed from different perspectives.

Nonetheless, Christopher Columbus remains a major historical figure whose discoveries changed the world. His travels opened up new horizons and laid the foundation for globalization and cultural exchange between continents.

Today, monuments, commemorations and the designation "Columbus Day" remind us that his voyages marked the beginning of a new era. Regardless of the discussions and debates, the fact remains that Christopher Columbus was a courageous and visionary explorer who shaped world history.

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