First Voyage in 1492
|Aug 3, 1492
||The Niña, Pinta and the
Santa María sail from Palos, Spain.
||The ships reach the Canary Islands and stay
there until Sept 6.
||Sailing westward, the ships loose sight of
land at nightfall.
||Ships complete 3 weeks travel with no sight
of land. This is the longest journey made with no sight of
||A mistaken shout of "Land Ho" brings great
||Sailors are on the point of mutiny, but agree
to sail on for 2 or 3 more days.
||Columbus discovers America when land is sighted.
He goes ashore on San Salvador (Watlings Island) in the
||Columbus' flagship, the Santa María
is wrecked off Cap Haïtien.
|Jan 16, 1493
||The Niña and Pinta begin their homeward
voyage. Columbus is aboard the Niña.
||The 2 ships are hit by strong headwinds.
||A storm threatens the Niña.
||The 2 ships are separated by the storm
||The Niña arrives at Santa María island
in the Azores and waits 10 days before leaving without the
||The Niña arrives at Lisbon and stays
there 10 days.
||The Niña returns to its home port,
Palos. The Pinta arrives there a few hours later.