Christopher Columbus Timeline

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  • 1451 - 1506
    Life of the Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus.
  • 1460
    The Santa Maria is launched in Pontevedra in Galicia, northern Spain. It will be Christopher Columbus' flagship when he sails to the Americas in 1492.
  • 1492 - 1493
    First Voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World in three ships in an attempt to establish maritime trade routes to the East.
  • 1493 - 1496
    Second Voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World in 17 ships to colonize the region.
  • 1498 - 1500
    Third Voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World to find a passage to the East; South and Central America are identified.
  • 1502 - 1504
    Fourth Voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World; Spanish colonies now operating fully without him, systemic exploitation of indigenous people has become policy.