How Did Christopher Columbus Die?
I can understand that you are curious to know, how did the world-famous explorer, navigator Christopher Columbus die?
Am I right?
I have respect for your curiosity, therefore in two words telling you the answer that Columbus died at age 55 due to ‘Heart failure’.
The year was 1506 on the month of May 20th.
At that time, his illness was known as ‘Gout’ or ‘Arthritis’.
However, modern-day doctors suspect it a bacterial disease, which they scientifically call ‘Reiter syndrome’.
Here are some of the other historical facts associated with Christopher Columbus’s death.
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How He Infected By The Disease?
There is no surety with proper historical evidence, but many historians suspect that he got infected by the Gout disease while was returning from the first voyage.
On a stormy night returning to Spain, for the first time, at age 41, he suffered from a Gout attack.
And later years he started suffering from other health-related issues like influenza, fever, bleeding from the eyes, temporary blindness, etc.
Suffering after fourteen long years of heavy illness, he died in 1506.
Many historians claim, probably he had to suffer from these health issues due to improper sanitization and food poisoning during his voyages.
How Old Was Christopher Columbus When He Died?
The explorer was only 54 years 6 months 20 days old when he died.
The place was Valladolid, Spain.
Although, due to his date of birth’s inaccuracy, the days and months are still in some controversy.
It is said that it was probably 25 August or 31 October 1451 (date of birth).
He died on May 20th, 1506.
Did He Die Without Knowing The Truth of The New World?
Yes, he died without knowing the actual truth that the landmass he discovered was not Asia, but a completely new continent.
The truth came out after his death when another explorer, named Amerigo Vespucci find out the actual fact.
After that, when Europeans named the new continent by Amerigo Vespucci’s name as ‘America’, many people considered it as an injustice to the first explorer.
His Family At The Time of Death
Columbus was living with his family at the time of his death. He left two sons and many grandchildren.
Among his sons, one was Diego Columbus and the other was Ferdinand Columbus.
Diego was the son born to his wife Filipa Moniz Perestrelo.
And Ferdinand, his 2nd son was born from Beatriz Enríquez de Arana.
Columbus had a physical relationship with Beatriz Enríquez de Arana. However, they never got married.
2 Fun Facts About Christopher Columbus
1. Do you know, before Columbus traveled to the new continent, he made an important agreement with the Spanish authority that 10 percent of what Spain would gain via his exploration would be given to Columbus?
Yes, this fact is true.
But ironically, in later years Spanish authority didn’t give much importance to the agreement, even though he kept claiming it till his death.
2. Secondly, will you believe me, if I say Christopher Columbus was a tyrant?
Yes, I am not kidding with you.
He was responsible for the deaths of millions of Native American people.
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