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Today in Latin American History

Christopher Columbus Left Spain, Later Discovering the New World in 1492

Christopher Columbus Left Spain, Later Discovering the New World in 1492

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Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus left Spain in search of Asia instead he discovered the New World in 1492.

Columbus departed from Spain with three ships: the Santa María ex-Gallega (“Galician”), the Pinta (“Painted”) and the Santa Clara, nicknamed the Niña (lit. “Girl”).

A lookout on the Pinta, spotted land on the morning of October 12.

Columbus’s voyages led to the first lasting European contact with the Americas, inaugurating a period of European exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted for several centuries.

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