- Type of Great Person: Explorer/Industrialist
- Tech Required: Banking
Great Explorers/Industrialists provide your civilization with new sources of wealth. You may choose to either receive an immediate gold bonus or to settle your Explorer/Industrialist in a city to increase that city's Gold production.
Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506) was an Italian adventurer and explorer. In 1492, with the backing of Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus set out to circumnavigate the globe, seeking an easier route to the Far East that did not involve the dangerous and time-consuming voyage around Africa or the equally difficult land passage through the Muslim-held Middle East. While he did not find his way to the Far East, Columbus did discover the Caribbean as well as North and South America.
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Despite his fame, only one painting was ever made of Columbus in his own era. The majority of the depictions of Columbus are conjectures.
Columbus was interred in the Cathedral of Seville in southern Spain. A statue of four Spanish kings bearing Columbus' body stands atop his burial place as a reminder of the debt Spain owes to the intrepid explorer.