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First truly global map to be auctioned

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- One of four remaining copies of the first map showing the world as a globe is expected to fetch at least $1.5 million at Christie's auction in London in June.

Hurricane forecasters urge preparedness

MIAMI, March 19 (UPI) -- A team of Florida hurricane forecasters has spent four days in Mexico pleading with officials and residents to prepare for storm season.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, March 15, the 74th day of 2005 with 291 to follow.
By United Press International

What could be Columbus' remains examined

GRANADA, Spain, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A Spanish researcher has received permission to examine remains buried in the Dominican Republic to determine if they are Christopher Columbus.

Real Columbus remains search still alive

MADRID, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists are no closer to determining whether bones in Spain or the Dominican Republic are those of Christopher Columbus, the New York Times said Tuesday.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 12, the 286th day of 2004 with 80 to follow.
By United Press International

Brazil: Liberal Front wants own candidate

BRASILIA, Brazil, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- One of Brazil's leading opposition parties said it would break ranks from its coalition and nominate its own candidatefor the presidency in 2006.

Bush honors Columbus, Pulaski

DENVER, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Explorer Christopher Columbus and Polish Gen. Casimir Pulaski, a hero of the American Revolution, were honored Monday by presidential proclamation.

Brazil's currency reaches nine-month high

SAO PAULO, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Brazil's currency reached its highest level in nine months against the sagging U.S. dollar Monday, closing at 2.82 reals to the dollar.

Report: Columbus buried in Santa Domingo

SEVILLE, Spain, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Spanish anthropologists have confirmed what officials in the Dominican Republic have long claimed: Christopher Columbus' body is not in Spain.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2004 with 150 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Aug. 1, the 214th day of 2004 with 152 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 31, the 213rd day of 2004 with 153 to follow.
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Queen Isabella exhibition heads to N.Y.

VALLADOLID, Spain, May 21 (UPI) -- An exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Queen Isabella of Spain, who financed Christopher Columbus, will be in New York June 10-July 11.
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Christopher Columbus
COL99070301 - 03 JULY 1999 - COLUMBUS, OHIO, USA: A replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, is silhouted against 4th of July fireworks in Columbus, Ohio. An estimated 200,000 watched the fireworks display. iw/mw/Mike Williams UPI

Christopher Columbus (c. 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola, initiated the process of Spanish colonization, which foreshadowed the general European colonization of the "New World".

In the context of emerging western imperialism and economic competition between European kingdoms seeking wealth through the establishment of trade routes and colonies, Columbus' far-fetched proposal to reach the East Indies by sailing westward received the support of the Spanish crown, which saw in it a promise, however remote, of gaining the upper hand over rival powers in the contest for the lucrative spice trade with Asia. During his first voyage in 1492, instead of reaching Japan as he had intended, Columbus landed in the Bahamas archipelago, at a locale he named San Salvador. Over the course of three more voyages, Columbus visited the Greater and Lesser Antilles, as well as the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and Central America, claiming them for the Spanish Empire.

Though Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, having been preceded, five centuries earlier, by the Norse expedition, led by Leif Ericson, that established the short-lived colony of Vinland in what is now Newfoundland, Columbus' voyages led to the first lasting European contact with America and inaugurated a period of European exploration and colonization of foreign lands that lasted for several centuries and had, therefore, an enormous impact in the historical development of the modern Western world. Columbus himself saw his accomplishments primarily in the light of the spreading of the Christian religion.

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