Cristopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was a famous navigator, born in Genoa, Italy. At a young age, he developed an ambitious plan to seek a western sea passage to the East Indies, hoping to profit from the lucrative spice trade. His voyage accidentally led him to the Caribbean islands where he established a colony in the island, known today as Haiti. He made three more expeditions to the Americas and he gave the name Indios ("Indians") to the indigenous people he encountered, as he thought he was in East Indies. It is true that he never clearly renounced his belief that he had reached the Far East, but in reality, he founded the Americas.