Christopher Columbus Landing in New World, 1492
Entitled: "Columbus taking possession of the new country" showing Columbus kneeling, holding flag and sword with two other men holding flags. There are other men on land and in boats behind Columbus and three ships in background. Christopher Columbus (October 30 or 31, 1451 - May 20, 1506) was an Italian explorer, colonizer, and navigator. He completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to European awareness of the American continents. During his first voyage in 1492, instead of reaching Japan, he landed in the Bahamas archipelago, which he named San Salvador. Over the course of three more voyages, he visited the Greater and Lesser Antilles, the Caribbean coast of Colombia and Venezuela, claiming them for the Spanish Empire. His efforts to establish permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola, started Spanish colonization, which foreshadowed the general European colonization of the "New World". Though Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, his voyages led to the first lasting European contact with the Americas, inaugurating a period of European exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted for several centuries. Chromolithograph by L. Prang & Company, 1893.
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