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Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous explorers. He made four voyages to the New World, yet he died thinking he had reached the Indies.


Christopher Columbus and the New World
Columbus is famous for finding something he didn't set out to find. Discover more about this famous explorer in this illustrated, easy-to-understand article.

Columbus Resources
Your About Guide to Geography takes you on a tour of Columbus's life, successes, and failures. Find a timeline, primary sources, geographical information, and much more!

Good Biography of Columbus
Columbus was, of course, and Italian. Read this excellent biography, written by your About Guide to Italian Culture.

Columbus in Print: Primary and Secondary Sources
Columbus himself wrote a lot of books. His son also wrote a biography of his famous father. Then, there are the other biographies, historical writings, and all kinds of other books. This site helps you narrow your list to find the books you really need!

The Columbus Navigation Homepage
Starting with the large photo of Columbus and holding through to the Fun Facts and Special Topics, this site really holds your interest. Timelines, links to primary sources, and more are included. This site is not to be missed!

Columbus and the Age of Discovery
This is a tremendously large website, including links to all aspects of the topic (which doesn't end with Columbus). Better yet, this information is indexed and searchable!

1492: An Ongoing Voyage
This Library of Congress exhibit examines how people lived before Columbus came to America and also how his arrival affected their lives. The six user-friendly sections include timelines, pictures, and other helpful information to put the Columbus voyages in perspective.

Columbus and the New World: Biographies
From the Carmen Sandiego collection comes this list of biographies that bring to life some of the major aspects of the Columbus story. Find out more about Columbus, Queen Isabella, Spanish court politics, medieval trade, and more!

Columbus Mythbusters
This site is all text and is not too friendly on the eye, but it does have very useful information. It's always a good idea to read facts like these, so you don't repeat other people's mistakes and quote untruths to your friends or your teachers.

Christopher Columbus: A Culinary History
Ever wonder what Columbus and his crew had to eat during all those days at sea? This site tells you, in sometimes excessive detail. (Hint: It wasn't always fish!)

Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Empire
This site illustrates an excellent idea: Examine a historic event by looking at the bigger picture. Yes, Columbus landed in the New World and claimed much territory for Spain. But what were the effects of his voyages on the Spanish economy and Spain's relations with other countries? This site has those answers.

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