Hektoen International

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Tag: Christopher Columbus illness

  • The mysterious illness of Christopher Columbus

    It is well known that Christopher Columbus left Spain in 1492 and sailed westward on three small ships, the Santa María, Niña, and Pinta, in search of a northwest passage to the East Indies. It is perhaps less well known that during the greater part of his expeditions, he suffered from an incapacitating illness that…