Today in Latin American History
Christopher Columbus Departed for his Third Voyage to the New World in 1498
Photo: Christopher Columbus
Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus left Sanlúcar, Spain for his Third trip to the New World in 1498.
The King and Queen of Spain allowed Columbus to organize a third trip to the New World with the goal of resupplying the colonists and continuing the search for a new trade route to the Orient.
Columbus left with six ships, three of the ships headed directly for Hispaniola with much-needed supplies. Columbus took the other three in an exploration of what might lie to the south of the Caribbean islands he had already visited, including a hope-for passage to continental Asia.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Bolivia René Barrientos who was in office 1964-65 was born in 1919
- Today in LatAm history, President of Paraguay & former Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo who was in office 2008-12 was born in 1951
- Today in LatAm history, long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated in Santo Domingo in 1961
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Manny Ramírez who played for Boston Red Sox was born in 1972