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Upavee Amarasinghe Ap World History Mr.Schiller 8, December 2014 Columbus Columbus was born in 1451, in the Republic of Genoa (Italy) to the son of a weaver. Columbus first went to sea as a teenager, participating in several trading voyages in the Mediterranean and Portugal, where he eventually settled and married Felipa Perestrello. The couple had one son, Diego. His wife died soon after and Columbus moved to Spain. He had a second son Fernando with Beatriz Enriquez de Arana. Columbus took several other expeditions throughout his life, gaining knowledge of the Atlantic currents flowing from the Canary Islands. Believing a route sailing west across the Atlantic would be a quicker and safer, way to access Asian markets, Columbus devised a plan to sail across the pacific. He estimated the earth to be a sphere approximately 63% its actual size and the distance between the Canary Islands and Japan to be about 2,300 miles. While experts disagreed with Columbus on matters of distance, they concurred that a westward voyage from Europe would be an uninterrupted water route.
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