Christopher Columbus died in 1506 from Reiter's Syndrome, an illness caused by intestinal bacterial infections or sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea. No one is sure how old Columbus was at the time of his death, but historians place his age at around 55.Know More
When Columbus returned from his travels to Spain in 1503, he was beginning to feel ill. He was suffering from inflammation of the eyes as well as arthritis, and doubts were raised about his mental condition. By May of 1505, his condition was dramatically worsening. He died on May 20, 1506.
As of 2014, Columbus is buried in Spain at the Seville Cathedral.Learn more about Exploration & Imperialism
Christopher Columbus is widely credited as the first European explorer to discover the Americas when he landed in late 1492. It was Columbus' discovery of the American continents and subsequent communication with Spain that led to ultimate travels to the Americas and colonization by European settlers.Full Answer >
Christopher Columbus thought he had landed on an island off the coast of Asia at the end of his historic 1492 ocean crossing, according to About Geography. Instead, the island, which he named San Salvador, was located in the Bahamas.Full Answer >
During his lifetime, Christopher Columbus became the father of two sons, born from different mothers. His first son, Diego, was born in 1480 and his second son, Fernando, was born in 1488. Both sons were born prior to his first voyage towards the Indies.Full Answer >
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain sponsored Christopher Columbus's first voyage in 1492. Under the terms of the sponsorship, Columbus would become viceroy of all lands discovered and keep 1/10 of all valuables found.Full Answer >