Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) Christopher Columbus was an outstanding navigator and organizer of expeditions. He achieved fame by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a sea route to Asia. He did not accomplish this goal. Instead, he encountered islands in the Caribbean Sea. At that time, the people of Europe and the Americas did not know of each other's existence. During his four voyages westward-between 1492 and 1504-Columbus explored what are now the West …

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…of his death, but he actually died wealthy. Columbus' remains were transported to Seville, Spain, and later to Santo Domingo, in what is now the Dominican Republic. Some historians believe that his bones were moved to Havana, Cuba, in 1795, and, finally, back to Seville in 1899. Other historians believe that the bones of one of Columbus' brothers or of his son Diego were removed from Santo Domingo instead, that Columbus' final resting place is Santo Domingo.