Picture of Christopher Columbus
(Source: Library of Congress)
Christopher Columbus was
born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. He went to sea as a young
boy, and spent most of his life at sea.
Columbus knew the world was round. He believed that by
sailing west, instead of current route east around the
coast of Africa, he would the East and the Spice Islands.
He moved to Portugal trying to get money to support
his journey. He eventually got support from Ferdinand and
Isabella, the king and queen of Spain.