When Christopher alive?
he was looking for a passage to the west indies # India, and when he got here he thought he had made it, and that is why a lot of people use the INCORRECT term of Indians instead of Native Americans. It is because Columbus thought they were Indians.
Yes, he is alive. You can tell this by reading the last letter of the story. It was signed by "Victor Adams" but if you remember, the main character's real name is Victor Adams so he couldn't have written that letter to himself. Also, the letter keeps saying "I would venture to say.." and Alex had stated that Christopher Creed said this a lot.