21.From Nicaraguan tribesmen he learned of the "rich kingdoms" of the - Mayan and possibly Inca civilizations and of the "great sea" (Pacific Ocean) farther west.
However, he was unable to find a water passage to this body of water. After losing two of his four ships, he gave up and sailed to Jamaica, where he was forced to ground the ships. The materials from the wrecked ships were used to build a settlement.
22.One of Columbus' companions, Diego Mendez, set out in an Indian boat to find help for the survivors.
After months he did succeed in reaching Haiti, from whence he brought help. Columbus fell seriously ill during this time and was transported back to Spain in this condition.
23.On his return to Spain, the ailing Columbus requested an audience at court, but his greatest protector, Isabella of Castile, was already dead, and King Ferdinand was unwilling to receive him.
None of the privileges granted him were granted. Nevertheless, Columbus was a wealthy person thanks to the conquests and the income from the lands he discovered. However, he was bitter and felt abandoned. He died in just such an emotional state.
24.Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid on May 20, 1506, and was buried there.
After three years, the body was transferred to Seville. It was Columbus' wish to be buried in America, and so the coffin containing the explorer's body came to the cathedral in San Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1537. The fate of Columbus' body is not known as is its not present burial place. It was likely returned to Spain in the following centuries. The inhabitants of San Domingo claim that the body never left the island and refuse to have the grave examined.
25.Columbus Day is celebrated in many countries in the Americas, and in Spain.
It commemorates the discovery of America on October 12, 1492. The unofficial celebration of this holiday dates back to the 18th century and was recognized in most countries in the 20th century. It is traditionally celebrated on October 12, while in the United States, on the second Monday of October.
Pick random facts 26.Columbus was accused of extreme brutality againts indigenious people.
Some claimed that he refused to baptize the natives just to have an opportunity to abuse them without consequences. Part of the stories could be fabricated to denigrate Spanish activities in the region, but it is safe to say that there is at least a grain of truth in each story.
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26 facts about Christopher Columbus