Christopher Columbus first left for the New World on Aug. 3, 1492, and he arrived on Oct. 12 of the same year. He had begun his career as a sailor during his teenage years.
Columbus's first voyage into the Atlantic Ocean took place in 1476. In addition to his first visit in 1492, Columbus made three other voyages to the New World in 1493, 1498 and 1502. On the second voyage, he further explored the Caribbean and began to exercise cruel governance over the native peoples in the areas he was exploring. On his third voyage, he began to investigate the South American mainland, exploring the coastline and the Orinoco River in modern-day Venezuela. Disgusted by his and his brothers' cruelty, the Spanish colonists revolted and Columbus returned to Spain in chains. On his last voyage, Columbus sailed to the coast of Central America.