Sunday, October 10, 2010

This Week in History: 10/11/2010


Columbus Reaches the New World

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in a Bahamian island, believing he had arrived in East Asia. Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain sponsored Columbus’ expedition, meaning to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the gold and spice islands of Asia. Columbus had set sail from Palos, Spain, with three ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina. He was the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings had reached Greenland and Newfoundland. Columbus led a total of four expeditions to the New World, discovering many Caribbean islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and South and Central America. Columbus died in poverty in 1506 after having discovered the New World for Europe and helping to make Spain the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth over the 16th century.

To learn more about Columbus and his expeditions, please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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