Christopher Columbus's Journey in 1492

By rtaylor
  • Aug 3, 1492

    The day we set sail.

    Christopher and his crew left the bar of Saltes at 8 in the morning. They sailed south for 60 miles and then southwest and south by west to reach the Canary Islands.
  • Aug 6, 1492

    Trouble with the Pinta

    The rudder of the Pinta came adrift or became dilodged and it was suspected that Gomez Rascon and Cristobal Quintero were to blame.
  • Aug 12, 1492

    Heading to Gomera

    They reached Gomera to repair the Pinta.
  • Sep 6, 1492

    Leaving the port of Gomera

    When leaving the port Christopher discovered from an admiral from the island of Ferro that three caravals from Portugal were crusing in the area with the intention of detaining them.
  • Sep 10, 1492

    Calming the crew

    Christopher reckoned they had 48 leagues more to go and so the crew should not be afraid if the journey was long.
  • Sep 14, 1492

    A bird spotted

    The crew of the caraval NIna said that they had seen a tern and a reed-tail. These birds never go out more than 25 leagues from land.
  • Sep 21, 1492

    I reckon there is land near

    At dawn so much seaweed was found that the sea seemed clotted with it and it came from the West. They saw a whale which is a sign that they were near land because whales always stay close to land
  • Oct 5, 1492

    A clam sea

    Christopher said the sea is beautifully calm and thanks be to God for that. The air was very sweet and temperate. They had no weeds, birds, many petrals, and many flying fish flew onto the boat.
  • Oct 15, 1492

    Shoals on a shore

    Christopher stould there for fear of reaching land and having to amchor before morning because he didn't know if there were shoals on the shore.
  • Oct 24, 1492

    Getting back on track

    Christopher left the island of Isabela last night. Now he is on his way to Cuba.
  • Oct 31, 1492

    Trouble with a river

    All Tuesday night he tacked back and forth and saw a river which he could not o into because it was to shallow. Then Christopher found a way through a cape but the cape had shoals and then he saw an inlet or bay he where small boats could anchor. He couldn't because the wind was too strong and it had shifted his was.
  • Nov 19, 1492

    Heading to Puerto del Prpe

    Christopher left before sunset. He lay waste to Puerto del Prpe. It lays South South West.
  • Nov 28, 1492

    Rainy Day

    He spent that day harbored in Cape Campana because it was raining and the clouds were very dark.
  • Nov 30, 1492

    East wind

    Christopher could not set out today because the wind was east completly wrong for his course. Instead he explored the native lands.
  • Dec 8, 1492

    Wind can't do any harm

    The habor had a strong North wind. The harbor is protected from all wind except the north. That can't do any harm to the ships because it prevents the ship from dragging at its moorings in the river.
  • Dec 24, 1492

    Land ho!

    The rudder was left in the hands of a boy wile Christopher took a nap. Before the boy realized it they had hit land.
  • Dec 27, 1492

    King's story

    At sunrise the king came to the ship and said that he had sent for gold for them.
  • Dec 31, 1492

    Departure to Spain

    This day was spent looking for water and wood for the journey back to Spain. They had made it to the Indies. Now they were headed back to Spain.