Chris heard of the riches in Asia and wanted to find a route by going West. He first asked the king of Portugal. He was turned down. He then went to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella for support. He was turned down because the Queen was occupied wuth converting Spain. He came back and was granted his wish. On August 3, 1492 he sailed the ocean blue with 90 sailors and three ships called Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. In Octocber 12 they landed on an island that they called San Salvador.