Christopher Columbus' first long voyage was not the New World, but to
Chios in the Adriatic Sea. In 1474 he was a seaman on a ship bound for
Chios. He spent a year there, apparently engaged in trade, and
returned independently wealthy. Later he sailed to Iceland and the
In the 15th century
the known world looked like it does on Martin Behaim's Erdapfel, and
Toscanelli's lost map.