Christopher Columbus was an Italian traveler who faltered upon the Americas. His journeys were considered the origin of centuries of transatlantic colonization.
The founder Christopher Columbus had planned four trips across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain: in 1492, 1493, 1498, and 1502. He was firm to find a straight water route west from Europe to Asia, but he never could. Rather, he pitched upon the Americas. Though he did not truly “discover” the New World. Millions of people already lived there. His journeys recorded the commencement of centuries of exploration and colonization of North and South America.
During the 15th and 16th centuries, rulers of several European nations sponsored excursions abroad in the belief that explorers would find a lot of wealth and huge lands that would be undiscovered. The Portuguese were the quickest members in this “Age of Discovery”. It is also known as the “Age of Exploration.”
Commencing in about 1420, small Portuguese ships known as caravels dashed adjacent to the African coast, which was carrying spices, gold, slaves, and other goods from Asia and Africa to Europe.
Different European nations, particularly Spain, were anxious to share in the seemingly endless riches of the “Far East.” Roughly by the end of the 15th century, Spain’s “Reconquista”—the expulsion of Jews and Muslims out of the kingdom after centuries of war—was finished, and the nation shifted its attention towards exploration and conquest in other areas of the world.
All Columbus wanted was recognition and wealth. Ferdinand and Isabella wanted the same. Also, they wanted the opportunity to export Catholicism to lands across the globe. Columbus, who was a devout Catholic was equally enthusiastic about this possibility.
Columbus’ agreement with the Spanish rulers assured that he could keep 10 percent of whatever riches he found, in addition to a noble title and the governorship of any lands he should encounter.