Today in Latin American History
Christopher Columbus Left Spain, Later Discovering the New World in 1492
Photo: Christopher Columbus
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican actress Dolores del Río the first Mexican actress to gain International success was born in 1905
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Brazil Ernesto Geisel who was in office 1974-79 was born in 1907
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer José Manuel Moreno who played for the National team was born in 1916
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Osvaldo Ardiles who played for the National team was born in 1952