Map -First Trip of Columbus, Embarkation, EUROPA Issue 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of America, Republic of Cyprus
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was born in Genoa, Italy, but there is no evidence that he was Italian. From an early age he frequented seafarers, astronomers, geographers, and scientists in the city of Lisbon where keen debates took place with regards the existence and discover y of a "New World", or of reaching the East by sailing West. When his plans for an expedition were turned down by John II of Portugal, he turned to Spain where his voyage was patronized by King Frederick and Queen Isabella of Castille. (Extract from: The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia) conquest of what appears impossible. He called himself "Captain of cavaliers and conquests". (Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Millennium pp.164 and 235) Beyond uncharted seas, Columbus finds a New World; into the setting sun, conquer ing tempest, mutiny and terrors of the unknown, the Great Admiral steers his tiny caravels to give civilization a new hemisphere and gain fame everlasting.
(National Geographic Society 1928, from a mural by N.C. Wyeth).
Source:Cyprus Post, Republic of CyprusΚυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία
Publisher:Library of Cyprus University of Technology
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