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Today in Latin American History

Christopher Columbus Began His First Trip to the New World in 1492

Christopher Columbus Began His First Trip to the New World in 1492

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Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus left the Canary Islands beginning his first trip to the New World in 1492.

Columbus departed from San Sebastián de La Gomera for what turned out to be a five-week voyage across the ocean.

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 lombard.

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.

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