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Christopher Columbus
  In 1451, Susanna Fontanarossa, wife of Domenico Colombo, gave birth to their first child named Cristoforo in the city of Genoa, Italy. Cristoforo Colombo (Christopher Columbus) was the eldest of five children. In 1476, Columbus got his first taste at how treacherous the sea could be. While sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar, Columbus and the crew were attacked by the French. It was a horrible battle with both sides suffering much loss. It proved to be an experience that Columbus would not forget. The vessel Columbus was on sank, forcing Columbus to swim for his life and his safety. He was
fortunate to reach land in Portugal. Columbus had a notion that if he sailed west he would find an easier route to Asia. On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail on his voyage to Asia. It turned out to be his most famous voyage. After his discovery of what he thought was Asia, Columbus made three other journeys back and forth from Spain and his new found land, which was called Hispaniola.

On May 20, 1506, Columbus died in the city of Valladolid, Spain. The irony of it all is that Columbus died not even realizing that he had discovered new and uncharted land, which came to be known as America. (Source: Anthony Parente, Christopher Columbus)
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