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Christopher Columbus
(1451-1506) born on
Aug 26
Italian explorer. He was the first historically important European discoverer of the New World; his 4 voyages opened the way for European exploration and exploitation.
Following the sun we left the old world.

And the sea will grant each man new hope . . . his sleep brings dreams of home.
The crew of the caravel "Nina" also saw signs of land, and a small branch covered with berries. Everyone breathed afresh and rejoiced at these signs.
I believe that this land which your Highnesses have commanded me to discover is very great, and that there are many other lands in the south of which there have never been reports.
He who has gold makes and accomplishes whatever he wishes in the world and finally uses it to send souls to paradise.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Inscription on one of Columbus' ships.
R: From an Internet collection of quotations.
A: "Journal of Christopher Columbus."
N: From the narrative of his third voyage, on which he discovered South America.
K: "Christopher Columbus," 1903.

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