The Christopher Columbus statue at the end of the Ramblas, Barcelona.
Christopher Columbus (October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an explorer, navigator, and colonizer, born in the Genoa in northwestern Italy. Some modern historians have argued that Columbus was not from Genoa, but instead, from Catalonia, Portugal, or Spain.These claims have been discounted by mainstream scholars. He completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean which helped establish permanent settlements in South America. In one of his writings, Columbus claims to have gone to the sea at the age of 10. In 1470, the Columbus family moved to Savona, where Domenico took over a tavern. In the same year, Columbus was on a Genoese ship hired in the service of Rene I of Anjou to support his attempt to conquer the Kingdom of Naples.
On his voyages Columbus discovered and named various places.
- Montserrat (for Santa María de Montserrate, after the Blessed Virgin of the Monastery of Montserrat, which is located on the Mountain of Montserrat, in Catalonia, Spain),
- Antigua(after a church in Seville, Spain, called Santa María la Antigua, meaning “Old St. Mary’s”),
- Redonda (Santa María la Redonda, Spanish for “St. Mary the Round”, owing to the island’s shape),
- Nevis (derived from the Spanish Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, “Our Lady of the Snows”, because Columbus thought the clouds over Nevis Peak made the island resemble a snow-capped mountain),
- Saint Kitts (for St Christopher, patron of sailors and travelers),
- Saint Eustatius (for the early Roman martyr, St. Eustachius)
- Saba (after the Biblical Queen of Sheba)
- Saint Martin (San Martín), and Saint Crois (from the Spanish Santa Cruz, meaning Holy Cross)
Despite his seamanship, on the plinth he is pointing east. I’m pretty sure America isn’t that way.