Timeline Description: Christopher Columbus believed the world was round. Everyone around him said the world was flat. Christopher was determined to prove his theory, and this timeline shows how he did it.
Christopher was born in Genoa.
|1465||Christopher Columbus's first journeys
Columbus was a teenager when he first set sail.
|1476||Christopher the sailor
Christopher worked as a sailor. His ship was once sunk by pirates.
|1479||Columbus gets married
Christopher married a lady named Felipa Perestrella e Moniz. They lived in Portugal.
Christopher Columbus made his first big voyages. He sailed between Portugal and Iceland.
|1484||Columbus looks for sponsors
Columbus wanted to make a new voyage; he wanted to find a western route from Europe to Asia. He asked for help from Portugal and England'but he was refused.
|1485||Columbus moves to Spain
After looking for financial support to sail west'Columbus moved to Spain.
|1491||Spain backs Columbus
In 1491'Columbus asked for financial help from the king and queen of Spain. They said yes.
|August 1492||Columbus sets sail
Columbus set sail with three ships; the Pinta'the Nina'and the Santa Maria. Christopher sailed on the Santa Maria.
Christopher and his crew made landfall. They thought they had reached Asia'but they were wrong; they had reached the American continent.
|March 1493||Columbus returns to Spain
Columbus sailed along the coasts of what would become the Bahamas. When he found nothing valuable he returned to Spain.
|September 1493||A second journey
Columbus returned to the Americas looking for treasure'but again he came home empty-handed. His brothers stayed in America with a handful of colonists.
|1498||A third trip
Spain paid for Columbus to go back to America for a third time. When he arrived he found his brothers' colony was a mess'and he was arrested for their crimes.
|1502||The last journey
Columbus was found not guilty for the crimes he was accused of. The king of Spain agreed to pay for one last voyage to America'but again Columbus didn't find a way to Asia or any treasure.
|1506||Christopher Columbus dies
Christopher Columbus returned to Spain where he passed away.
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