During Christopher Columbus' lifetime, a sizable portion of the Aegean sea region was occupied by Northern Italian quasi-colonial powers....specifically, the city-states of Venice and Genoa...this included, the Aegean island of Chios-(of Homeric fame). The Genoese, had occupied Chios until the Ottomans eventually took over the island in the early 1500's.
There is a house on the island of Chios whereby the local residents of the island insist that Christopher Columbus lived in for a short while before embarking on his expedition to the East Indies-(which in reality, was the Carribean...more specifically, the Bahamas). Admittedly, the residents' claims tend to sound more Apocryphal (and less historically rooted).
However, whether or not Columbus actually stayed at a particular house on this island, is really parenthetical to a much larger question.....
Did Christopher Columbus ever sail eastward to the Aegean region and travel throughout (what at the time was)...Genoese quasi-colonial territories, including, the island of Chios? If so, would traveling (or perhaps even temporarily residing) in the Aegean region make much of a biographical difference when trying to better understand his overall legacy?