14 October 2013

Early Christopher Columbus Bio, Older Portrait


Not the traditional Columbus portrait...

Though Christopher Columbus in his will expressly notes that he was born in Genoa..., several other places have claimed either his birth or his origin. It seems, however, clear...that he saw the light there in 1447 or
1448, his father being a butcher. The old gentleman went to Savona during Columbus' boyhood, and carried on that trade there, also turning tavernkeeper; but he went back to Genoa in a few years, where he owned two houses and was fairly well-to-do, though he died in embarrassed circumstances. Columbus must have been a clever lad, for he was sent to school at Pavia, where he did not stay very long, going off to sea at
fourteen. [Source]

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