Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus (; before 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer and colonizer who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that opened the New World for conquest and permanent European colonization of the Americas. His expeditions, sponsored by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, were the first European contact with the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Columbus's early life is somewhat obscure, but scholars generally agree that he was born in the Republic of Genoa and spoke a dialect of Ligurian as his first language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christopher Columbus has received more than 19,035,136 page views. His biography is available in 182 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 2nd most popular explorer.

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  • 93.85

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  • 182

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 14.65

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.87

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among explorers, Christopher Columbus ranks 2 out of 367Before him are Marco Polo. After him are Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Roald Amundsen, Amerigo Vespucci, James Cook, Hernán Cortés, Ibn Battuta, Bartolomeu Dias, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Christopher Columbus ranks 3 out of 3,282Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452) and Marco Polo (1254). After him are Galileo Galilei (1564), Julius Caesar (-100), Michelangelo (1475), Archimedes (-287), Dante Alighieri (1265), Augustus (-63), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), and Niccolò Machiavelli (1469).