Born on October 12, 1451 in the Republic of Genoa, Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs, Columbus completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. On his first voyage in 1492, he left attempting to reach Japan, but instead landed in the Bahamas Archipelago that he then called San Salvador. On his following journey, Columbus reached the Greater and Lesser Antilles, the Caribbean of Venezuela, ans Central America, claiming them for the Spanish Empire. Although recognized as so, Christopher Columbus was not the first European to reach the Americas. In the 11th century, Lief Ericson and the Norse Expedition reached America’s shore lands. Columbus’ voyages were the first lasting European contact with the Americas which led to a time of European exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted several centuries. Columbus had set out for the East Indies when he landed in the Americas, which is why he called its inhabitants indios, spanish for indians. Christopher Columbus died on May 20, 1506 in Valladolid Spain. Today we honor him and thank him for his TruStatement.