During the three centuries that marked the Renaissance, Italy produced great artworks including Da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa. In literature, Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is among the works that are famous even now. And in science, Nicolaus Copernicus first posited a model of the universe with the sun at its center.
But this cultural revolution didn’t stop at Italy’s borders. Indeed, the Renaissance rapidly spread across Europe, and it wasn’t just art and science that was changing, exploration also began in earnest too. One Christopher Columbus – the man credited with discovering America – was one of many Renaissance-era explorers.