Colombus Diary



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July 15,1492


As I prepare for my expeditions to the indies, I wanted to write about my life so far so when I return triumphantly, every one shall remember
my greatness.

My name is Cristoforo Colombo,but most people know me as Christopher Columbus.I was born in Genoa Italy in 1451,the oldest of 5 children
I was an obedient son.

I had little schooling, so I did not learn to read or write as a young boy, but Ialways love sea. I vowed as a young boy that as soon as I have old enough, i would go to sea.

I traveled to greece and portugal, and I became a sailor in my early teens. In 1476 I was a crewman on a ship that was attacked by French pirates. I was lucky and found a piece of what was left on the ship. Fortunately, I was able to swim the six miles to shore. I traveled to lisbon,
portugal that where my brother, bartolomew, owned a book and a map store. I read many of the books and studied the maps until I had taught my self all I could learn about navigation and mapmaking.

I was fascinating by Marco Polo´s accounts of his journey to Asia in 1271. I believe that the quickest and most direct route to this fascinating place is to cross the unknow waters that we call sea of darkness.

Starting in 1484, I tried to convince the King John of Portugal to pay for supplies,ships and a crew to make the voyage to Marco Polo´s amazing gold mine. He refused to pay for my voyage saying that I would fail.At least he knew the world isn´t flat like many others. He just thought the world is much larger than I do. I decided to ask King Fernidand and Queen Isabella of spain to pay for my voyage instead. It took
me a couple of tries, but they agreed to supply me with the things I needed.Let the portugese sail all the way around Africa and across the Indian ocean. that is the long way to go the Potugese king will regret for my voyage

August 3, 1492


The rulers of Spain give me 3 ships- the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa María. They also paid for 90 crewmen and supplies.
I am so excited! I cannot believe that I am the captain of my own voyage to find spices,gold, and precius jewels. I plan to sail to the Canary Islands an then make a long jump across the Ocean Sea to the gold treasures of the Indies.


October 1, 1492


This is killing me! Where is the land? We have sailed for days and days, and there has been no sight of land. We have had clear skies and steady winds but my crew is angry and fighting. There is even talk os turning back. The crew has even threatened to push me overboard and sail back to Spain. I am not letting that happen. I have gone too far to turn back know.
Lan must be near I know. Crewmen had spotted branches in the water an birds that could not possibly go very far of land. From these signs I am sure land is near.e to the west

October 7, 1492


I am groing of impatient. there are more sings,but no land. According to my calculations, we should have spotted land many days ago. I have decided to offer a reward for any sailor that spots lands.I only hope that the reward will buy me a few more days before the crew revolts
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October 12, 1492


We have spotted land I had named San Salvador. I believe that Japan is only a short distance to the west.
There are strange looking people here, very different from my men and me. They wear little clothing and are of difference colour. Our giant ships whith enormous white sails amaze them.These Indians are not what I expected, and there are not cities or gold like Marco Polo described.
I spotted several wearing gold they tell me that islands to the north and south are where the gold will be found, so I ordered my men to set sail for the gold

December 5, 1492

We searched many different islands, but we only found more Indians. There are no cities and no gold.We traveled north to a much large island, but sill more indians and no gold. the king and the Queen will not be happy if I do not find gold

December 25, 1492


As we prepare to return to Spain, the Santa Maria ran into a coral reef. It tore holes in the bottom of the ship. We were forced to build a fort out of the wreckage of the Santa Maria. With only two ships, we could not take everyone back to Spain with us, so I found 40 volunteers to stay behind to build a small colony.

March 15, 1493


We sailed back across the Ocean Sea. Despite terrible storms, my navigation skill brought us back to Spain. I have recieved a letter from the king an queen. They have named me Admiral of the Ocean Sea. News of my discoveries has traveled across Europe. My voyage is known by all and Im a hero! I would like to see the look on King John of Portugal´s face! I bet he regrets not paying for my voyage now. I am anxious to retur to the land I descover because I still have not found the gold taht I kwon is there.


September 29,1494


I have spend the last year on my second voyage across the Ocean Sea. Sandly, I found the fort and the men I left behind form the first voyage dead. I do not know what happened to them. I built a new village on another island. My men found gol in this island! I sent a load of gold back to Spain. The indians were not as friendly this time, and I was forces to kill many of them. I still have not foun the great cities that Marco Polo described.


October 9, 1501


The king and the queen are ungrateful! They hace thrown me in jail because the men in the new colony complain that I am not a good governor. How dare them! I have now sailed across the Ocean Sea three times. I have clamed many islands for Spain, and this is how they treat me?


November 7, 1504


The king and the queen realized their mistake and freed me for jail. They even paid for another trip across the Ocean Sea. Unfortunately, my sheeps leaked so badly that I was stranded for an entire year on an island that I called Jamaica. I have decided that my exploration have came to an end. The king and the queen refuse to pay for a fifh voyage. At list I can retire a hero!


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