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Christopher Columbus, the son of a wool merchant, was born in Genoa in about 1451. When he was still a teenager, he got a job on a merchant ship. He remained at sea until 1470, when French privateers attacked his ship as it sailed north along the Portuguese coast. The boat sank, but the young Columbus floated to shore on a scrap of wood and made his way to Lisbon, where he studied mathematics, astronomy, cartography and navigation. He also began to hatch the plan that would change the world forever.

“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. ”

“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. ”

“Riches don’t make a man rich, they only make him busier.”

“I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Presence. “

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