The year 1492 is when Christopher Columbus set sail on his first voyage from Spain and discovered the Americas. He left in early August 1492 and reached an island in the Bahamas in October of the same year.Continue Reading
Near the close of the 15th century, the only way for Europeans to reach the Far East for trading was to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa, which was a very arduous and time-consuming voyage. Columbus's theory was that it would be much easier and quicker to sail westward. For years he tried to convince the monarchs of Portugal and Spain to finance an expedition. Finally, after winning their war with the Muslims and expelling them from Spain in January of 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella granted his request.
On Aug. 3, 1492, Columbus sailed to the Canary Islands aboard the Santa Maria, accompanied by the Pinta and the Nina. After resupplying, they continued on across the Atlantic. Five weeks later, they sighted land. Believing he had reached Asia, Columbus went ashore and named the island San Salvador. Because he found no riches, he continued sailing, discovering Cuba and Hispaniola, the islands now known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic. After leaving 40 men at a fort he established on Hispaniola, Columbus voyaged back to Spain. He arrived in March 1493, still fully convinced he had reached Asia.Learn more about US History
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 set sail from Palos, a Spanish port. His three ships were named the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Nina.Full Answer >
Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain in October 1492, and arrived in America off the coast of one of the Bahamas islands. He technically did not discover America, as the Vikings had been in Newfoundland, Canada, four centuries prior to Columbus' journey.Full Answer >
The RMS Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England on April 10, 1912. It sailed to Cherbourg, France and then to Queenstown, Ireland before setting out for New York on April 11, 1912 with more than 2,200 people aboard the ship.Full Answer >