In the late 1490s, Europe began an aggressive campaign of expansion to pilfer the world of its lands and riches by any means necessary. Just 40 years before, Constantinople had fallen, and the world was in a free fall for power, money and land. Ruthless monarchies and businessmen were in a race for the next big thing. Finding new routes to the east from the west and the accumulation of land became paramount. Christopher Columbus, a mariner, chief amongst these power-hungry individuals, convinced his King and his Queen to finance his first trip to seek new westward passages to the Orient in 1492. By 1498, Columbus would make three voyages across the high seas as the father of unforgettable atrocities; the state sponsored genocide of indigenous people and the efficient execution of the modern-day slave trade.