Christopher Columbus (ca. 1451-1506) was a navigator and explorer who is usually credited with
discovering the Americas in 1492. Although he did not realize that he had found an unknown continent,
he initiated contact with natives tribes whom he believed to be inhabitants of East Asia. He has made
four voyages across the Atlantic.
The first picture is a posthumous painting of Christopher Columbus by Florentine painter Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (1483-1561).
The second picture is an etching showing how Christopher Columbus explains his plans to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
In his left hand he holds a globe, obviously trying to explain how he is going to circumnavigate the world.
The third picture is a tinted print showing Columbus among the natives of America.
The fourth picture is the statue of Columbus in Barcelona, the city he departed from.