|Christopher Columbus, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 from Europe to America.|
|Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy and his real name is Cristoforo Colombo. Christopher Columbus is his Anglicized name.||
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Columbus was granted 3 Ships for his journey. The ships were given to him in 1492 by Queen Isabella of Spain.
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|Those 3 ships were called the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.|
|Columbus first landed on an island he named San Salvador.||
However it was originally called Guahanal.
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Guahanal was already occupied by people known as the Arawak.
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|He called these people Indians as he thought he had arrived in the Indies on his way to Japan.|
|Columbus died in 1506 following a turbulent few years. He was imprisoned after coming back from America for not delivering on his promise of riches. Today however he is remembered across America on Christopher Columbus Day.|