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Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere...
Timeline of Events
1492
4.17.1492
Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
4.30.1492
Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
8.3.1492
Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
9.6.1492
Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic for the first time.
10.12.1492
Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached South Asia
12.5.1492
Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
1493
1.4.1493
Christopher Columbus leaves the New World, ending his first journey.
3.4.1493
Explorer Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, aboard his ship Niña from his voyage to what is now The Bahamas and other islands in the Caribbean.
3.15.1493
Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
11.3.1493
Christopher Columbus first sights the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea.
11.18.1493
Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
11.19.1493
Christopher Columbus goes ashore on an island he first saw the day before. He names it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico).
1494
5.4.1494
Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica.
5.5.1494
Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
1498
7.31.1498
On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
8.1.1498
Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
1502
5.9.1502
Christopher Columbus leaves Spain for his fourth and final journey to the New World.
5.11.1502
Christopher Columbus leaves for his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies.
7.30.1502
Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
9.18.1502
Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his fourth, and final, voyage.
1503
5.10.1503
Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them ''Las Tortugas'' after the numerous turtles there.
1504
2.29.1504
Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.