Christopher Columbus's first voyage

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  • Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand agreed to finance the voyage because they wanted to find a shorter route to India. India had a lot of rich goods and materials that could also be used. Most of the crew that would be going on the voyage were Spanish even though Columbus was Italian.
  • On August 3rd,1492 Columbus and his crew of 87 men set off to the west on three ships known as the Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria to find a shorter route to Asia. The Nina and Pinta were only about 50 to 75 tons and about 49 to 65  feet on deck. The largest one,  Santa Maria was 36 meters long. The Nina's deck length was 65', the beam was 18' and the sail area was  1919 sq feet.The Pinta's deck length was 85', the beam was 23' and the sail area was 3800 sq feet.
  • On October 12th, Rodrigo de Triana first spotted land. He was aborad the Pinta. Colombus claimed he saw a light on that land, so this concluded to Colombus keeping his reward that he promised to give to the first spotter of land. 
  • On October 12th, Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas, which he thought was the islands in Asia. Christopher named this land San Salvador. The whole crew including Columbus thought they've reached Asia but they actually reached the American continent.
  • Christopher Columbus discovered that the people staying on the island were very kind and had no plan in harm. Columbus decided to take a handful of these people back for slave trade. He also discovered some other things like turkey and other new spices and food. Unfortunately Columbus didn't discover much gold.`Afterwards Columbus and his crew headed back to Spain.
  • When Columbus returned without the riches he was still considered a leader because he discovered a "new world." After the first voyage Columbus later goes on 2 more voyages to discover more about the world.
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