Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1451 - 1506
Italian Explorer, Navigator, and Colonizer
Born circa 1451, in Genoa, Italy, at the start of the Renaissance, Christopher Columbus proposed to reach the rich trading lands of Asia by sailing west across unchartered seas. This revolutionary idea was finally accepted by Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain. After 33 frightening days at sea, Columbus landed on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492. By his creativity, courage, and faith in new ideas, he discovered the Americas and changed our world forever.
This monument was funded by
The Order Sons of Italy in America
and the Knights of Columbus
Sculpted by Egidio Giaroli – Rome, Italy
Casting by Michelucci – Pistoia, Italy
Plaque Dedicated 1992
Appreciates the generosity of
Himont Incorporated, on behalf of its employees,
to underwrite the cleaning and restoration
of this monument in 1990
for the betterment of the community.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 45.19′ N, 75° 33.513′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Franklin Street, on the right when traveling north on Pennsylvania Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilmington Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Citys Growing Demand for Water (about 700 feet away); Memorial Day Parade and Soldiers and Sailors Monument (about 700 feet away); 1313 Delaware Avenue (about 700 feet away); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (about 800 feet away); 1315 Delaware Avenue (about 800 feet away); Delaware Children's Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cool Spring Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Also see . . . Christopher Columbus - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 14, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
Additional keywords. genocide, looting, slavery, human trafficking
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