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Columbus Announces His Discovery

Columbus Announces His Discovery

Nov 15, 2012

The Letter of Columbus to Luis De Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery (1493) As I know you will be rejoiced at the glorious success that our Lord has given me in my voyage, I write this to tell you how in thirty-three days I sailed to the Indies with the fleet that the illustrious King and Queen, our Sovereigns, gave me, where I discovered a great many islands,...

Columbus Arrives in the New World

Columbus Arrives in the New World

Oct 8, 2012

Thursday, October 11th, was destined to be for ever memorable in the history of the world. It began ordinarily enough, with a west-south-west wind blowing fresh, and on a sea rather rougher than they had had lately. The people on the Santa Maria saw some petrels and a green branch in the water; the Pinta saw a reed and two small sticks carved with iron, and one...

Christopher Columbus Departs on Historic Voyage

Christopher Columbus Departs on Historic Voyage

Aug 3, 2012

On August 3, 1492 the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, in an attempt to find a western passage to India. On board were Christopher Columbus and the Pinzón Brothers (Martín Alonso, Francisco Martín and Vicente Yañez), renowned Spanish commercial sailors and natives of Palos de la Frontera. A few months later, on...