Christopher Columbus
(1951 - 2006)

Christopher Columbus

Genoa, Italy
October 31, 1951

May 20, 2006

Cartography, Sailing, Convincing Ferdinand and Isabella he needs more ships
This site is dedicated to Christopher Columbus.
Christopher Columbus, from Genoa, Italy, born October 31 1451, sadly passed away May 20, 1506 in Valladolid, Spain. He was survived by his two sons, Diego and Fernando.

He was only 54 years old, however, the years he lived were to the fullest. Christopher Columbus still serves as a beacon of hope for discovery of uncharted territory. He is also admired as on of the first Europeans to discover and establish a settlement in the North America and the Caribbean.

The great poet Walt Whitman wrote the Prayer of Columbus, noting his bravery and unfailing passion for the New World.

"A batter'd, wreck'd old man,
Thrown on this savage shore, far, far from home,
Pent by the sea and dark rebellious brows, twelve dreary months,
Sore, stiff with many toils, sicken'd and nigh to death,
I take my way along the island's edge,
Venting a heavy heart.
I am too full of woe!
Haply I may not live another day;
I cannot rest O God, I cannot eat or drink or sleep,
Till I put forth myself, my prayer, once more to Thee,
Breathe, bathe myself once more in Thee, commune with Thee,
Report myself once more to Thee.
Thou knowest my years entire, my life,
My long and crowded life of active work, not adoration merely;
Thou knowest the prayers and vigils of my youth,
Thou knowest my manhood's solemn and visionary meditations,
Thou knowest how before I commenced I devoted all to come to Thee,
Thou knowest I have in age ratified all those vows and strictly kept them,
Thou knowest I have not once lost nor faith nor ecstasy in Thee,
In shackles, prison'd, in disgrace, repining not,
Accepting all from Thee, as duly come from Thee.
All my emprises have been fill'd with Thee,
My speculations, plans, begun and carried on in thoughts of Thee,
Sailing the deep or journeying the land for Thee;
Intentions, purports, aspirations mine, leaving results to Thee.
O I am sure they really came from Thee,
The urge, the ardor, the unconquerable will,
The potent, felt, interior command, stronger than words,
A message from the Heavens whispering to me even in sleep,
These sped me on.
By me and these the work so far accomplish'd,
By me earth's elder cloy'd and stifled lands uncloy'd, unloos'd,
By me the hemispheres rounded and tied, the unknown to the known.
The end I know not, it is all in Thee,
Or small or great I know not--haply what broad fields, what lands,
Haply the brutish measureless human undergrowth I know,
Transplanted there may rise to stature, knowledge worthy Thee,
Haply the swords I know may there indeed be turn'd to reaping-tools,
Haply the lifeless cross I know, Europe's dead cross, may bud and
blossom there.
One effort more, my altar this bleak sand;
That Thou O God my life hast lighted,
With ray of light, steady, ineffable, vouchsafed of Thee,
Light rare untellable, lighting the very light,
Beyond all signs, descriptions, languages;
For that O God, be it my latest word, here on my knees,
Old, poor, and paralyzed, I thank Thee.
My terminus near,
The clouds already closing in upon me,
The voyage balk'd, the course disputed, lost,
I yield my ships to Thee.
My hands, my limbs grow nerveless,
My brain feels rack'd, bewilder'd,
Let the old timbers part, I will not part,
I will cling fast to Thee, O God, though the waves buffet me,
Thee, Thee at least I know.
Is it the prophet's thought I speak, or am I raving?
What do I know of life? what of myself?
I know not even my own work past or present,
Dim ever-shifting guesses of it spread before me,
Of newer better worlds, their mighty parturition,
Mocking, perplexing me.
And these things I see suddenly, what mean they?
As if some miracle, some hand divine unseal'd my eyes,
Shadowy vast shapes smile through the air and sky,
And on the distant waves sail countless ships,
And anthems in new tongues I hear saluting me."

Devoted to his homeland of Genoa, Christopher demanded his heirs to "always to work for the honor, welfare and increase of the city of Genoa".

Humble and a devout Catholic, Columbus made all his discoveries in the name of God, naming his place of discovery "San Salvador", or Holy Savior.

Christopher asked to be buried with his chains, to signify the way he was treated throughout life, despite his perseverance.

He is much loved and will be missed dearly by all his friends and family.

Rest in peace. ♥

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Guest Book (5 entries)
You were more than a father to me, but a friend, and fellow explorer. You instilled the passion I have for travel, and you taught me what it was to be a man. I will always love you, Dad.
Diego Columbus (Son)
February 27th, 2012
Chris, I always believed in you, and it was I who was willing to sell my crown jewels to fund your trip to the Americas. I would do it again in a heartbeat. The world has lost a great mind and a fearless soul.
Queen Isabella (Ruler)
February 27th, 2012
Father, I am comforted to know that you are finally freed from the torture in your own mind. You were a courageous and fearless man whom I look up to as a Father.
Ferdinand Columbus (Son)
February 27th, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Although we imprisoned you, you were always a fierce leader, and I always admired your compassion.
King Ferdinand (Ruler)
February 27th, 2012
This is the memorial I set up for Christopher Columbus. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Ashley Adams
February 27th, 2012
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"I should have believed in you all along!"
John II King of Portugal
February 27th, 2012
"Father, I know we will be reunited soon. I am upholding my promise to take care of the people of Genoa."
Ferdinand Columbus
February 27th, 2012
"I will miss you dearly, Father!"
Diego Columbus
February 27th, 2012


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