After his escape from pirates 1n 1476 Columbus arrived in Portugal. This country then became his home for several years. Lisbon became his home port and from there he took many journeys by ship to the far reaches of the known world at that time. He travelled north as far as Iceland and south along the African coast. In Lisbon he met and married Felipa Perestrello the daughter of a minor nobleman, They had a son called Diego but Felipa died just a few years after their marriage, Felipa's father had been an explorer in his own right but had died before Columbus and Felipa met. But Columbus was able to read his journals and papers written about explorations in the Atlantic Ocean.
The first voyage
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