Christopher Columbus was an explorer
who discovered America. He sailed westward and landed up in an
continent. He was destined to open up a new world.
Columbus was the son of a
Genona. He used to help his father in his shop near the harbor, where
used to go and come regularly. Sailing inspired him and he loved to
talk to the
sailors. He listened to the sailor's tales of distant lands. The blue
ocean seemed to call him and he listened to his heart's desire to
sailor. While sitting at his loom, his mind weaved schemes for
lay beyond the western horizon.
on, he married a rich lady
which enabled him to mix with important people. Now he began to think
carrying out his idea of sailing to the west in order to reach the
and easily. He needed a great deal of money to get ships and arrange
voyage. So he went to the King of Portugal for help. The king decided
risk money on such a strange scheme. Poor Columbus was disappointed,
but he did
not give up the idea. At last the Queen of Spain helped him. Columbus
from Palos harbor with 87 crew men. They sailed and sailed and crew men
Finally, they saw a moving light at
night. They thought that they had reached India, but it was America.
had proved successful and he received a hero's welcome after returning
Spain. People followed him everywhere, but Columbus was not satisfied.
two more voyages and discovered many new places in the New Continent
later came to be known as the West Indies.
was sad, because he thought that he had failed to find the land of
he longed for. But he had earned the lasting fame as discoverer of the
World, the American Continent.