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Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

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Christopher Columbus (; born between 25 August and 31 October 1451, died 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer and navigator who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean sponsored by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, 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 29,275,517 page views. His biography is available in 192 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 186 in 2019). Christopher Columbus is the 2nd most popular explorer, the 4th most popular biography from Italy (up from 6th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Italian Explorer.

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

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Among explorers, Christopher Columbus ranks 2 out of 405Before him are Marco Polo. After him are Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, James Cook, Hernán Cortés, 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, René II, Duke of Lorraine, Frederick of Naples, Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence, Kemal Reis, Muhammad Shaybani, Nicolás de Ovando, and Franchinus Gaffurius. Among people deceased in 1506, Christopher Columbus ranks 1After him are Philip I of Castile, Andrea Mantegna, Yeonsangun of Joseon, Alexander Jagiellon, Anne of Foix-Candale, Sultan Husayn Bayqara, Sesshū Tōyō, Beatriz, Duchess of Viseu, Alexander Agricola, 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 4,668Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Marco Polo (1254), and Galileo Galilei (1564). After him are Julius Caesar (-100), Archimedes (-287), Michelangelo (1475), 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), Antonio Pigafetta (1492), Sebastian Cabot (1484), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852), Bartholomew Columbus (1460), Alvise Cadamosto (1432), and Lancelotto Malocello (1270).