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DESROCHERS, E. - Christophe Colomb . . .

DESROCHERS, E. -  Christophe Colomb . . .
Christophe Colomb . . . - DESROCHERS, E.
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Title : Christophe Colomb . . ..
Map maker : DESROCHERS, E..
Date : Paris, 1720.
Size : 5.5 x 3.9 inches. / 14.0 x 10.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Fine portrait of Christopher Columbus (c.?1451 – 1506) engraved and published by Étienne Jehandier Desrochers ( Lyon 1668 - Paris 1741).
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. He completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola initiated the European colonization of the New World.

At a time when European kingdoms were beginning to establish new trade routes and colonies, motivated by imperialism and economic competition, Columbus proposed to reach the East Indies by sailing westward. This eventually received the support of the Spanish Crown, which saw a chance to enter the spice trade with Asia through this new route. During his first voyage in 1492, he reached the New World instead of arriving at Japan as he had intended, landing on an island in the Bahamas archipelago that he named "San Salvador". Over the course of three more voyages, he visited the Greater and Lesser Antilles, as well as the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and Central America, claiming all of it for the Crown of Castile.

Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, having been preceded by the Viking expedition led by Leif Erikson in the 11th century, but his voyages led to the first lasting European contact with the Americas, inaugurating a period of exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted several centuries.

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Condition : Very good impression.


ID: 39048

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