Columbus had to spend 10 years lobbying for the money he needed for his voyage, with Portugal, England and France all sending him away empty handed.
Christopher Columbus illustration from Grand voyages (1596) by Theodor de Bry (1528-1598).
His famous ship, Santa Maria, was nicknamed “La Gallega” after Galicia where it was built.
40 crew stayed behind in North America to start the first settlement, but when Columbus returned for them 1 year later in 1493 no signs of life could be found.
Rather than a one trick wonder, he completed the voyage 2 more times after that, giving him a total of 4 transatlantic crossings to his name.
After his third voyage the locals complained of his brutal government style and he was arrested and returned to Spain in chains, before being pardoned and allowed to make the crossing for the fourth and final time.
In 1504 he became stranded in Jamaica without half his crew or any of his food and supplies.
He was able to save himself by predicting a lunar eclipse and putting the fear of god into the islanders.