Expand your explorer IQ with some rarely known facts about the man who “discovered” America!
- It took Queen Isabella six years to agree to fund
Christopher Columbus’s journey, and by then Columbus had given up hope and was
leaving town. A courier had to catch up with him to share the news.
- Leif Eriksson, a viking from Iceland, discovered North
America (namely Greenland) nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus was
born. He even sailed along the coast of much of North America.
- Land was spotted on October 12, 1492; Columbus and his
men had been sailing for just over two months.
- Christopher Columbus never actually set foot on the
mainland of North America.
- In return for reaching the Indies, Christopher Columbus
wanted a title, a coat of arms and one tenth of all of Spain’s profits; heirs
of Columbus and the Spanish monarchy were in litigation over this until 1790.
- All portraits of Christopher Columbus were done after he had died; there are no authentic ones.
And a final, mysterious bonus fact…
Both Seville in Spain and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic claim to have Christopher Columbus’s remains, but nobody knows for sure who has the real ones.
Enjoy the holiday, everyone!