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Columbus, Christopher
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(1451, in or near Genoa – May 20, 1506, Valladolid) gained his first experiences in seafaring on trading voyages to England, Portugal, and West Africa. Sponsored, among others, by the “Catholic Monarchs” Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, he set sail from Palos, near Seville, on Aug 8, 1492. Trusting in recent insights concerning the spherical shape of the earth, he was attempting to find a westerly route to India and East Asia. On Oct 12, 1492, he came upon the island o…

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Heydenreich, Titus, “Columbus, Christopher”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12008>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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