Christopher Columbus was born to a lower-middle class Genoese family. He was the first of five siblings. Imagine a day in life of the eldest of five brothers! With the encouragement of his of his family, he set sail on his 14 th birthday. This was the beginning of a long career of triumph and misery.
The Portuguese were experimenting with different types of navigation, studying the waves, currents, and learning about the direction of the wind. Earlier, people had only followed the edge of the shore. He easily landed a job with Portuguese sailors.
While Columbus was in Portugal, he was written by Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli that the world was indeed a great deal smaller than other scholars had originally calculated. He rambled on that the Atlantic Ocean was a shortcut to China. Since the only route to China was blocked by the Muslim Occupation of Constantinople, this seemed like a very wonderful thing at the time. This, along with the tales of the marvelous expeditions of Marco Polo, inspired Columbus to want to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to China. Christopher Columbus married a nobleman’s daughter, and had a son, Diego.
Christopher Columbus went to King John of Portugal, pleading with him to allow him the use of ships in order to go to “China” across the Atlantic Ocean. John refused, as his scholars told him that his math was incorrect, and that You could not reach China via the Atlantic Ocean. His wife died when their son was only 5 years old. Infuriated, and with no ties to Portugal, Columbus left with his son, and traveled to Spain.
Christopher Columbus set his son up in a monastery, and had to wait a year before he was allowed an audience with the king. The King was disinterested, but Queen Isabella was enraptured by the idea. Unfortunately for Columbus, the Spanish crown was fighting to expel the Islamic Moors, who had lived in Spain for roughly seven generations, from Spain. After seven years of bloodshed and violence, Spain was victorious. After that, they were able to consider Columbus’s ludicrous plan.