Today in Latin American History
Christopher Columbus Made Landfall in the Caribbean in 1492
Photo: Christopher Columbus
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Pedro I of Brazil who was later crowned the emperor of the Brazil was born in 1798
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine lawyer & politician Juan José Castelli who led the May Revolution died in 1812
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan footballer Roque Máspoli who played and coached the National team was born in 1917
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Lesli Brea who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles was born in 1973
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan footballer Javier Toyo who plays for the National team & Atletico Venezuela FC was born in 1977