What Are the Modern-Day Countries That Columbus' Ships Landed On?


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The first New World landing by Christopher Columbus' ships was on one of the islands that now comprise the modern-day Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Subsequent first-voyage landings by the ships under Columbus' command were on the modern-day countries of Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Columbus' second voyage to the region that eventually became known as the New World included a landing on the modern-day island of Puerto Rico. The third voyage landed on the island now known as Trinidad, and it was followed by a landing on the nearby present-day country of Venezuela on the northern coast of South America. On his fourth and final voyage, Columbus landed on the shores of the present-day French Republic island of Martinique, followed by landings in modern-day Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

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