Christopher Columbus was one of the most famous explorers of all time. He traveled between Europe and the Americas four times. Although he wasn’t the first European to reach this area he did play a major part in increasing the awareness of this region and began the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Although he was born in the Republic of Genoa in 1451, a region of modern-day Italy, he received funding and support from the Spanish monarchs; after having his plans rejected by Portugal. He believed that he would be able to reach Japan by sailing the Atlantic Ocean, but underestimated the distance. However, this mistake led to his first landing in the Bahamas. If you have ever wondered how this famous explorer died, keep reading to find out.
How did Christopher Columbus die?
Despite the dangerous voyages that Columbus undertook he survived all of his four trips to the Americas. According to his personal diary at about 51 years of age he began suffering from pain during urination, swelling and pain in the knees, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). Modern day studies have suggested that he was suffering from Reiter’s syndrome (reactive arthritis), which eventually led to the heart attack that killed Columbus on May 20, 1506. His remains were originally kept in Spain and were moved to Cuba, only to be returned to Spain in 1898 where they are kept today.