October 12, 1492: Christopher Columbus “Discovers” The New World

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria

October 12, 1492: Running low on drinking water after a five-week voyage from the Canary Islands, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria entered the Caribbean Sea. On this day, “a lookout on the Pinta, Rodrigo de Triana (also known as Juan Rodríguez Bermeo), spotted land about 2:00 on the morning of 12 October, and immediately alerted the rest of the crew with a shout. Thereupon, the captain of the Pinta, Martín Alonso Pinzón, verified the discovery and alerted Columbus by firing a cannon. Columbus later maintained that he himself had already seen a light on the land a few hours earlier, thereby claiming for himself the lifetime pension promised by Ferdinand and Isabella to the first person to sight land.”

Commentary: Nice going, Chris.

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