A history of the life and voyages of Christopher Columbus
by Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
The explorer Christopher Columbus made four trips across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain: in 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502.
He was determined to find a direct water route west from Europe to Asia, but he never did.
Instead, he accidentally stumbled upon the Americas.
Though he did not really “discover” the New World–millions of people already lived there–his journeys marked the beginning of centuries of trans-Atlantic conquest and colonization