Columbus Discovers America
The discovery of the American continent by Christopher Columbus in 1492 is seen today as one of the most significant moments in human history.
In the evening of August 3, 1492, as three ships – led by Christopher Columbus – left Spain, the goal was to discover an alternate, faster, and thus more profitable, route to Asia. On October 12, 1492, they landed on an island they called “San Salvador”. Columbus discovered the “New World”, America – believing until his death that he had landed on the eastern shore of Asia.
He built up the first Spanish colony in the “New World” on the island of Hispaniola and, with that, laid the foundation for the westernization of the continent, where today over 900 million people are living.
In 1492, the building of the “Alte Canzley” had already existed for over 100 years. It still served in that time as the residence of the provost and chancellor of the King of Saxony. 12 years later, in 1504, German painter Lucas Cranach the Elder came to Wittenberg, where he took up as a painter for the reigning King of Saxony, Frederick the Wise.
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