Summary of "ÃÂColumbus and after" 1) Columbus Live "ÃÂ his early years 2) Situation in Europe at the end of 15th century 3) - planning the voyage - the search for Backers 4) The first voyage 5) Colonisation 6) Consequences 1) Columbus was probably born in Genoa in 1451. Genoa was then a powerful city with commercial contacts to the trading cities of Spain and Portugal.
Because Columbus himself said almost nothing about his early life his biography written by his younger son remains an important, and often the only source for much of Columbus's life.
His father had a weaving factory in Genoa and traded with clients in the Mediterranean region. Columbus joined him on his business trips. In 1476 Columbus sailed for the first time out into the Atlantic. But the convoy was attacked by pirates, and his ship was sunk. He paddled ashore and made his way to Lisbon where the art and science of sailing were most fully developed.
There he joined his brother BartolomÃÂÃÂ© who woked as an book- and map-seller. So Christopher learned the skills of map-making.
In 1479 he got married and one year later his first son Diego was born.
During his nine years in Portugal ge was frequently at the sea and maybe one voyage took him to Iceland where he heard storys of viking discoveries across the Atlantic.
2) The influences of the renaissance are widely spread across Europe. Not just in arts also in cosmography, politics, social organisation and much more. The doctrine of Humanism elevated the civilised man above all, even women.
The revival of rationalism was another feature of the renaissance. It produced visible results at fields of the printing press and ship design.
Most of Europe was exhausted due to plagues. Other big problems were deforestation...