Christopher ColumbusVoyages of Christopher Columbus: Christopher Columbus left his home in Italy to fight for his vision, he set to sail West to the riches of Asia. Upon the arrival of Columbus in 1492 in the Caribbean Islands, unknown to Columbus (and majority of the Eastern Hemisphere), he landed on Islands located in the middle of two huge continents now known as North America and South America Also, Civilizations (that matched any in the world at that time) and thousands of smaller Nations and Tribes. With recent estimations, the population may have been over 100 million people that spanned from Alaska and :Green Land, all the to the tip of southern South America. Quest for westward route to Asia: He unfortunately was unsuccessful and conducted 4 voyages. As Portugal, was under the leadership of Prince Henry the Navigator, attempted to send ships around the continent of Africa, and King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain hired Christopher Columbus to find a route to the East by going west. As strong supporters of the Catholic church, they sought to bring Christianity to the East and any newly found lands, and hoped to find sources of wealth. Sponsorship of Spain: The sponsorship of Queen Isabella who’s ambition was to bring back rare goods. In Europe the nobles growth of wealth which came from trading with the EAST. (Spices, gold, gemstones and silk) Trade soon declined and the Kings and Queens were in need of new routes for goods trading to India. Columbus made three more voyages to the New World between 1493 and 1504. -Columbus set out on his first of four voyages on August 3, 1492. Riding the trade winds westward across the Atlantic Ocean with the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, Columbus landed on an island he called San Salvador, in the present-day Bahamas, five weeks after embarking from Spain. -Columbus’ second voyage landed in the Caribbean, on an island he named Dominica, and continued northward through the Lesser and Greater Antilles. -On his third voyage, Columbus landed on the Portuguese Porto Santo Island before continuing on to -Madeira; the Canary Islands and Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa; Trinidad, off the coast of present-day Venezuela; and mainland South America. -Columbus’s fourth and final voyage across the Atlantic took him throughout Central America, including Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Ferdinand Magellan's -Portuguese explorer. Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who organized the Castilian expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth by Juan Sebastián Elcano. Expansion of England’s Empire The Mercantilist system: England attempted to regulate its economy to ensure wealth and national power.