Christopher Columbus (1451–1506), considered the true “discoverer” of the Americas for his iconic voyages of 1492, is one of the most important figures relating to the start of colonialism on the continent. However, many facts about the explorer have been erased from the main history books, and over time his tyrannical personality responsible for indigenous genocide in Latin lands has caused, among other serious social consequences, serious consequences for those who financed his expeditions. created problems.
Now find out some facts about Christopher Columbus that went unnoticed when we studied the process of European occupation Continent.
1. The “explorer” who never set foot in North America
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Christopher Columbus never set foot on North American continental soil. For part of his life, the sailor believed that he had landed in some area of Asia, but he had actually reached the Bahamas in the Caribbean Sea, exploring other nearby islands. The Genoese died without knowing the true meaning of their journey.
2. Prison for Torture
Related to the genocide of indigenous peoples and the start of the slavery process in the Americas, Columbus also faced problems caused by his tyrannical personality in Spain. When King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Elizabeth learned that the sailor was committing atrocities in the New World, a royal commissioner was sent to arrest Columbus in 1500. Captured and taken back to their country of origin, the explorer is officially taken to your snatched status the prison.
3. Missing Remnants
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Killed in mid-1506, Christopher Columbus remains with his remains that are missing to this day. When relocated from Valladolid to Seville, Spain, his daughter-in-law asked to bury the body next to her son Diego in a cathedral in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Nearly three centuries later, with the arrival of the French in the Caribbean region, the remains of Columbus were returned to Seville, until a discovery in 1877 in a tomb in the cathedral of Santo Domingo called Columbus revealed that the explorer’s remains may be. He has not suffered the same fate as the legends tell. Till date this story is incomplete.
4. International Rejection
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Prior to his voyage financed by the King of Spain, Ferdinand II, Columbus faced widespread disapproval from England and France as he tried to convince local advisers of the importance of an overseas expedition. The authorities’ justification was that the voyage would be a waste of money, alleging that the discoverer made a mistake in his calculations about Earth’s path and circumference.
5. A Problematic Deceased
Known for causing many problems in life, the Italian sailor gave a headache even after being pronounced dead. This was because the dismissal and the resulting imprisonment for torture caused serious harm to the heirs. Colombo, who later became involved in a legal battle against the king accusing him of not fulfilling the benefit agreements agreed upon before the explorer’s visit. And although many disputes were resolved in later years, most of them remained archived until the 300th anniversary of the campaign.
6. Colombo National Holiday
To celebrate Columbus’ visit to America, many people around the world celebrate Columbus Day or Hispanity Day in the second week of October. The holiday has been in existence since 1937 after a formal joint campaign between Italian-American Roman Catholics. Currently, abolitionist and anti-colonial groups are pushing for the date to be abolished, indicating that it “represents the violent history of colonization in the Western Hemisphere”.