Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa Italy to a middle class family. He began sailing when he was only 14 years old. Christopher Columbus is famous for his multiple voyages to the Caribbean and South America. He was the first European explorer to reach what is now the Bahamas, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, and Island of Hispaniola. He also explored areas of South America and Central America. Although Christopher Columbus never did set foot on what is now North America.
He is also famous for his first set of ships, the Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria that sailed with him on his first voyage across the Atlantic. It took them five weeks and many of the crew members died of diseases or hunger.