Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

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Christopher Columbus (; between 25 August and 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer and navigator from the Republic of Genoa who completed four Spanish-based voyages across the Atlantic Ocean sponsored by the Catholic Monarchs, opening the way for the widespread European exploration and European colonization of the Americas. His expeditions were the first known European contact with the Caribbean and Central and South America. The name Christopher Columbus is the anglicisation of the Latin Christophorus Columbus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christopher Columbus has received more than 33,047,935 page views. His biography is available in 202 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 192 in 2019). Christopher Columbus is the 2nd most popular explorer, the 4th most popular biography from Italy and the 2nd most popular Italian Explorer.

Christopher Columbus is most famous for discovering the Americas in 1492.

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    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 202

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 14.92

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.40

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Christopher Columbus has had the most page views in the with 3,415,019 views, followed by Spanish (2,195,139), and French (704,000). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Tuvan (65,400.00%), Walloon (43,900.00%), and (615.89%)


Among explorers, Christopher Columbus ranks 2 out of 498Before him are Marco Polo. After him are Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Ibn Battuta, Roald Amundsen, Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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Among people born in 1451, Christopher Columbus ranks 1After him are Isabella I of Castile, Muhammad Shaybani, James III of Scotland, René II, Duke of Lorraine, Frederick of Naples, Kemal Reis, Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence, Nicolás de Ovando, and Franchinus Gaffurius. Among people deceased in 1506, Christopher Columbus ranks 1After him are Andrea Mantegna, Philip I of Castile, Yeonsangun of Joseon, Alexander Jagiellon, Anne of Foix-Candale, Sultan Husayn Bayqara, Sesshū Tōyō, Alexander Agricola, Beatriz, Duchess of Viseu, Sancha of Aragon, and João I of Kongo.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Christopher Columbus ranks 4 out of 5,161Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Marco Polo (1254), and Galileo Galilei (1564). After him are Julius Caesar (-100), Michelangelo (1475), Archimedes (-287), Dante Alighieri (1265), Augustus (-63), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), and Niccolò Machiavelli (1469).

Among EXPLORERS In Italy

Among explorers born in Italy, Christopher Columbus ranks 2Before him are Marco Polo (1254). After him are Amerigo Vespucci (1454), John Cabot (1450), Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485), Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852), Sebastian Cabot (1484), Bartholomew Columbus (1460), Alvise Cadamosto (1432), Niccolò de' Conti (1395), and Lancelotto Malocello (1270).