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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

15 August 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Discovery of America! The Route of Columbus’ First Expedition


On 2 August 1492, three vessels sailed from the Spanish harbour town of Palos de la Frontera… the Santa Maria (flagship), Pinta, and Niña. The ships of Christopher Columbus were seeking a new route to the East Indies, but another much more exciting and wonderful discovery awaited them. On 12 October 1492, Europeans first set foot on dry land in the Americas, on an island off the coast of South America. All told, Columbus’ ships had 100 crewmen. It is interesting to note that “Niña” was actually a nickname. In reality, the caravel’s name was Santa Clara. “Niña” in Spanish translates to “Babe”. The Niña was 17.3 metres (57 feet) in length and 5.6 metres (18.5 feet) in the beam; it could accommodate a crew of up to 40.

So far, academics fight over the controversial question of which island Columbus first discovered. He himself named the island that the flotilla made landfall as Isla San Salvador. Researchers do agree that it was one of the Bahamas, in the Lucayan Archipelago. It’s unclear, however, which of the islands that it was… it could equally be Watling Island or the island of Samana Cay.

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