Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, a Spanish port. His three ships were named the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Nina.Continue Reading
When Christopher Columbus set sail on August 3, 1492, his goal was to find the western route to India, China and the spice islands of Asia. Columbus stumbled upon an island in the Bahamas, which he claimed for Spain. When he later landed on Cuba, he thought he reached mainland China. In December, he landed in Hispaniola, which he thought may be Japan.
When he returned to Spain in March 1493 with captured natives, spices and gold, he was honored by the Spanish court. Columbus continued his journeys west, traveling to and from the New World a total of four times during his lifetime.Learn more about Exploration & Imperialism
Christopher Columbus is widely credited as the first European explorer to discover the Americas when he landed in late 1492. It was Columbus' discovery of the American continents and subsequent communication with Spain that led to ultimate travels to the Americas and colonization by European settlers.Full Answer >
Christopher Columbus explored uncharted areas to the west of Europe. He discovered many islands in the Caribbean Sea, South America and Central America. Some do not consider his acts to be those of "discovering," since people already lived on those islands. Although Columbus did not set foot on North America, his explorations resulted in the colonization of the New World.Full Answer >
Christopher Columbus first sailed to find a western route to Asia in 1492. He left the Spanish port of Palos on Aug. 3 of that year with three ships: the Santa Maria, captained by Columbus himself, and the smaller Nina and Pinta, helmed by the Pinzon brothers.Full Answer >
Christopher Columbus used tools like maps, charts and magnetic compasses on his journeys. He also used celestial navigation to measure his latitude.Full Answer >