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Today in Latin American History

Christopher Columbus Made Landfall in the Caribbean in 1492

Christopher Columbus Made Landfall in the Caribbean in 1492

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Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Caribbean, believing it was the Far East in 1492.

Early in the morning of the twelfth, a sailor on board the Pinta sighted land, beginning a new era of European exploration and expansion.

The ninety crewmembers of Columbus’ three-ship fleet ventured onto the Bahamian island that he named San Salvador (now Watling Island, and then called Guanahaní by the natives), ending a voyage begun nearly ten weeks earlier in Palos, Spain.

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