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1451, Oct1473-15051506, May 20
an Italian explorer, navigator, colonizer and citizen of the Republic of Genoa. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola, initiated the Spanish colonization of the New World. Explored the Caribbean.
 Timeline (38)
03/21/1492-Pedro Alonso Nino, pilot, sails with Christopher Columbus 
04/17/1492-Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the Indies
04/30/1492-Christopher Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet 
08/03/1492-Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain to Canary Islands for supplies
09/06/1492-Christopher Columbus' fleet leaves San Sebastián de la Gomera, Canary islands, heading west. 
10/11/1492-Christopher Columbus' ships sight 'unusual light'
10/12/1492-Christopher Columbus lands on San Salvador Island (in the Bahamas), discovering the New World
10/14/1492-Christopher Columbus leaves San Salvador, arrives in Santa Maria of Concepcion 
10/15/1492-Christopher Columbus notes first recorded reference to tobacco
10/16/1492-Christopher Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas?) 
10/19/1492-Christopher Columbus sights "Ysabela" (Long Cay, aka Fortune Island, Bahamas)
10/25/1492-Christopher Columbus' fleet sights Las Islas de Arena (Ragged Island Range, Bahamas)
10/28/1492-Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain
11/05/1492-Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba 
11/21/1492-Pinta under Martin Alonso Pinzon separates from Christopher Columbus' fleet 
12/05/1492-Christopher Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti), at Mole Saint Nicolas 
12/05/1492-Christopher Columbus' ship Santa Maria lands at Santo Domingo
12/26/1492-First Spanish settlement in New World founded by Christopher Columbus 
01/09/1493-First sighting of manatees by Christopher Columbus (who thinks they're mermaids)
01/15/1493-Christopher Columbus leaves new world on return from first voyage
01/16/1493-Christopher Columbus returns to Spain on his first trip 
03/15/1493-Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after first new world voyage
09/24/1493-Christopher Columbus sails with 17 ships on second voyage to America
11/03/1493-Christopher Columbus discovers island of Dominica
11/13/1493-Christopher Columbus sights the island Saba
11/19/1493-Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his second voyage
05/05/1494-On his second voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica, names it "St. Iago"
05/30/1498-Christopher Columbus departs with six ships for third trip to America
08/01/1498-Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" near Venezuela
08/07/1498-Christopher Columbus arrives in Caribbean 
08/14/1498-Christopher Columbus lands at the mouth of the Orinoco River in Venezuela 
11/25/1500-Governor Francisco de Bobadilla of Santo Domingo captures Christopher Columbus 
05/11/1502-Christopher Columbus begins fourth and last trip to the "Indies"
09/18/1502-Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage 
05/10/1503-Christopher Columbus discovers Cayman Islands
02/29/1504-Christopher Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians
05/19/1506-Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir 
05/20/1506-Christopher Columbus dies in Valladolid, Spain
 Mentions (11)
Juan de la Cosa
...an important role in the first and second voyage of Christopher Columbus to the West Indies, since he was the owner and captain...
Jean Cousin
...discovered the New World in 1488, four years before Christopher Columbus, when he landed in Brazil around the mouth of the...
Francisco de Bobadilla
...Calatrava, in 1499, de Bobadilla was appointed to succeed Christopher Columbus as the second Governor of the Indies, Spain's...
Ferdinand II of Aragon
...since he and Isabella sponsored the first voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492.
Alessandro Geraldini
...and Queen Isabella. He is known for his support of Christopher Columbus. He served as tutor to the royal children and later...
Washington Irving
...of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors and the Alhambra. Irving served as the...
Isabella I
...Spanish Inquisition, and for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the New...
Francisco Martin Pinzon
...three brothers Pinzón co-discoverers of America with Christopher Columbus. He was born in Palos around 1445. He was, therefore,...
Martin Alonso Pinzon
captained the Pinta on Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America. He was part owner of the Niña and Pinta and helped to prepare them for the...
Vicente Yanez Pinzon
...Alonso Pinzón, who captained the Pinta, he sailed with Christopher Columbus on the first voyage to the New World, in 1492,...
Diego Velasquez de Cuellar
...conquistador. He first visited the New World with the crew of Christopher Columbus' second voyage in 1493. He conquered and...
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15051506, May 20

John Cabot1450 ca1470
 
15001500 ca
 an Italian navigator and explorer whose 1497 discovery of parts of North America under the commis...
Bartolomeu Dias1451 ca1480
 
 
15001500, May 29
 a nobleman of the Portuguese royal household, was a Portuguese explorer. He sailed around the sou...
Pero de Barcelosunknown1498
 
 
1501unknown
 a Portuguese navigator who explored the coasts of North America with João Fernandes Labrador, h...
Joao Fernandes Lavrador14531498
 
 
15011501 ca
 a Portuguese explorer of the late 15th century. He was the first modern explorer in the coasts of...
Nicolau Coelho1460 ca1490
 
 
15021502
 an expert Portuguese navigator and explorer during the age of discovery. He participated in the d...
Miguel Corte-Real14481502
 
 
1502unknown
 a Portuguese explorer who charted about 600 miles of the coast of Labrador. In 1501, he disappear...
Goncalo Coelhounknown1501
 
 
1504unknown
 a Portuguese explorer who belonged to a prominent family in northern Portugal. He commanded two e...
Ludovico di Varthema1470 ca1502
 
15071517
 an Italian traveller, diarist and aristocrat known for being the first non-Muslim European to ent...
Diogo de Azambuja14321450
 
15091518
 a Portuguese noble. He was a knight of the Order of Aviz in the service of the Infante Dom Pedro,...
Pero Escobarunknown1470
 
1509unknown
 a 15th-century Portuguese navigator who discovered São Tomé, Annobon, and Príncipe islands, to...
Jean Cousinunknown1480
 
1509unknown
 a 15th-century French Normand navigator who was said to have discovered the New World in 1488, fo...
Pedro Alvares Cabral14671484
 
15091520
 a Portuguese nobleman, military commander, navigator and explorer regarded as the discoverer of B...
Diogo Diasunknown1490
 
1509unknown
 a 15th-century Portuguese explorer. He was the brother of Bartolomeu Dias and discovered some of ...
Andre Goncalves [1]unknown1490
 
1509unknown
 A Portuguese explorer that accompanied Pedro Álvares Cabral in the discovery of Brazil. Gonçalv...
Alonso de Ojeda1465/66/681490
 
15091515
 a ruthless and cunning explorer who first sailed to the New World on Columbus’ second voyage in...
Luis Piresunknown1490
 
1509unknown
 a Portuguese explorer who accompanied Pedro Álvares Cabral in the discovery of Brazil, being one...
Amerigo Vespucci1454, Mar 91497
 
15091512, Feb 22
 an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and...
Lourenco de Almeida1480 ca1500
 
15091508, Mar
 a Portuguese explorer and military commander. He was born in Martim, Kingdom of Portugal, the son...
Pero de Ataide1450 ca1500
 
15091504, Feb/Mar
 a Portuguese sea captain in the Indian Ocean active in the early 1500s. He was briefly captain of...
Vasco de Ataideunknown1500
 
1509unknown
 a Portuguese sailor whose ship was a part of Pedro Álvares Cabral 1500 expedition to India. His ...
Joao da Nova1460 ca1500
 
15091509, Jul
 a Galician explorer of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the service of Portugal. He is credited ...
Sebastian de Ocampounknown1500
 
1509unknown
 a Spanish navigator and explorer. He is believed to have been the first navigator to have circumn...
Diogo Fernandes Pereiraunknown1500
 
1509unknown
  a Portuguese 16th-century navigator, originally from Setúbal, Portugal. Diogo Fernandes was the...
Francisco de Almeida1450 ca1490
 
15101510, Mar 1
 a Portuguese nobleman, soldier and explorer. He distinguished himself as a counsellor to King Joh...
Pero de Alenquer1480 ca1500
 
151091514 ca
 a 15th-century Portuguese explorer of the African coast. Pêro was born in Alenquer, and accompan...
Afonso de Albuquerque1453 ca1471
 
15151515, Dec 16
 a Portuguese general, a "great conqueror," a statesman, and an empire builder. He is generally co...
Juan Diaz de Solis14701500
 
15161516
 In 1500 and 1508, Diaz de Solis joined Vincente Pinzón on two voyages exploring along the coast ...
Antony Welserunknown1500
 
15181518
 One of the first Europeans to use the sea route to India discovered by Vasco de Gama.
Diego Velasquez de Cuellar14651490
 
15191524, Jun 12
 a Spanish conquistador. He first visited the New World with the crew of Christopher Columbus' sec...
Antonio de Abreu1480 ca1500
 
15191514 ca
 a 16th-century Portuguese navigator and naval officer. He participated under the command of Afons...
Vasco Nunez de Balboa1475 ca1500
 
15191519, Jan 12/21
 a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus o...
Binot Paulmier de Gonnevilleunknown1500
 
1519unknown
 French navigator of the early 16th century, was widely believed in 17th and 18th century France t...
Duarte Fernandesunknown1500
 
1519unknown
 a Portuguese diplomat and the first European to establish diplomatic relations with Thailand, whe...
Fernao de Loronha1470 ca1500
 
15191540 ca
 a prominent 16th-century Portuguese merchant of Lisbon He was the first charter-holder (1502–15...
Duarte Barbosa1480 ca1500
 
15211521, May 1
 a Portuguese writer and Portuguese India officer between 1500 and 1516–1517, with the post of s...
Vasco da Gama1460s1480
 
15241524, Dec 24
 a Portuguese explorer. He was the first European to reach India by sea, linking Europe and Asia f...
Goncalo Alvaresunknown1490
 
15241524
 a Portuguese explorer who actively participated in the age of discovery starting from the second ...
Cristovao Jacques1480 ca1500
 
15291530+
 a Portuguese noble of Aragonese descent. In 1516, in command of two caravels, he was in charge of...
Gaspar de Lemosunknown1500
 
1539unknown
 a Portuguese explorer and captain of the supply ship of Pedro Álvares Cabral's fleet that discov...
Hernan Cortes14851504
 
15471547, Dec 2
 a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought...
Piri Reis1467 ca1481
 
15531553
 an Ottoman admiral, geographer, and cartographer. Piri began engaging in government-supported pri...
Sebastian Cabot1474 ca1494
 
15571557, Dec
 an Italian explorer, likely born in the Venetian Republic. He was the son of Italian explorer Joh...
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