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Travels of Christopher Columbus


1Whoever did not know anything about such a subject beforehand, and nevertheless would set out to find out what it refers to, would begin with a very general conceptual and lexical reflection: would it be a question of speaking of travelers on the one hand, and naturalists on the other, or of travelers who had left observations on natural realities? Or would it be more specifically a question of evoking the subclass of travelers who were at the same time naturalists or who pretended to act and/or acted as such?

2Then, a first simple question that could be answered in more or less general terms would be to know who should be designated as travelers. Then, among them, and in particular for a more recent period, let us say from the 18th century onwards (Pimentel: 47), who were the naturalists, where they were, what they were interested in and what consequences their activities may have had in the field of knowledge and also in the development of the American societies that were the objects of their observations. This impact may have consisted in helping (directly or indirectly) to raise awareness of the existence of a past, of a heritage, of a culture that deserves to be integrated into the national heritage and general knowledge. It may also have contributed to the emergence of projects and institutions dedicated to discovering and protecting this past and this heritage. And most certainly, it served for the prestige and development of the nations from which the naturalist travelers came (Kury 2001: 147 ff.).

The 4 voyages of christopher columbus summary

Christopher Columbus, whose original name is Critoforo Colombo, was born in 1436 and died in 1506. His goal was to reach Japan, at that time the lands of the Great Khan, to facilitate the trade of silk and valuable spices.

The second voyage began on September 25, 1493 and the return was on June 11, 1496. The lands discovered on this voyage were islands, among them Jamaica and Puerto Rico. The colonization process began on this voyage.

The third voyage began on May 30, 1498 and the return was on November 25, 1500. This was the voyage in which they reached what is now Venezuela and for the first time Europeans reached the American landmass.

The conquest and colonization extended from the end of the 15th century, with the discovery, until the first wars of independence at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. The conquest of the new territories was facilitated by various causes.

The arrival of the Spaniards in America

The 16th century is the century of the great geographical discoveries. The world began to be known through geographers and cartographers. The wars prevented travel in Europe, so at this time the number of voyages multiplied, especially to America. The accounts of these journeys told by the adventurers themselves or through chroniclers and religious writers helped to better understand the new world. Although many of these chronicles narrate the events of the conquest, in many cases they also include an in-depth description of the flora and fauna as well as the ethnography and geography of the place.

Important facts of the discovery of America

The answer is yes. In May 2017 I had the opportunity to travel on a transatlantic cruise from Cartagena de Indias, Colombia to Lisbon, Portugal, it is a repositioning cruise. It was over two weeks on board, several stops along the way and a completely different experience than traveling by plane. And yes, it is worth less than a plane ticket.

These ships are called repositioning cruises, positioning, or repos, as they are known in the jargon. For a long time most companies did not market these ships, until slowly the trend began to reverse.

This is one of the most frequently asked questions and one of the most difficult to answer because it will all depend on when you read this post. The route I took in May 2017 started from Puerto Limon in Costa Rica. It stopped in Cartagena, Saint Marteen, Antigua, Madeira and finally arrived in Lisbon.

It all depends on the itinerary you choose, and the port where you board. Generally, an average of 12 days is calculated. We sailed 14 days and made three stops between the port of origin and the final destination. In total there were 7 consecutive days of seeing nothing but water.

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