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1492 Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall on a Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)

October 12, 2021

Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on a Caribbean island

Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, and his crew left Spain with 3 ships named: the Pinta, the Santa Maria, and the Nina for his first voyage at sea. He wanted to discover a new route to the Orient. He also wanted to bring back treasures for Spain.

On this journey, Christopher Columbus had not seen any land for several weeks. On the 29th day at sea, he saw a flock of land birds flying in the sky, and he shifted his course to follow the bird’s flight plan.

On October 12th, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on a Caribbean island in the Bahamas. He names the island San Salvador. He thinks he has reached the East Indies.


Columbus and the crew met the naked Taino people. The Taino people spoke Arawak languages. They were nomadic hunters and gatherers. Christopher Columbus thought these people were intelligent because of their ability to repeat phrases they were given in his language.

Columbus took some of their gold jewelry and gold dust. He believed the Taino people could be transformed into Christians and civilized. Christopher Columbus took many of the Taino people prisoners to offer to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella upon his return.


Columbus had started The Age of Exploration and was trying to colonize the islands he discovered. Many navigators were to follow in his footsteps in exploring new worlds and bringing back treasures. Christopher Columbus has gone down in history as a brilliant navigator and explorer.


  1. Arnita

    Columbus was a brilliant navigator? He ended up in the wrong place! Gee, how we white wash history

  2. Steve Bastian

    The way the Taino people remember the incident was that they discovered Columbus on their beach not the other way around. After they saved him and his crews he kidnapped them to impress his King to breed as slaves. It’s all in your perspective now isn’t it? It would be funny if an alien race did the same thing here.

  3. David

    Nice to see positive history instead of picking history apart.

  4. B Robles

    I wonder what is wrong with the Woke America when they keep trying to change history. Christopher Columbus was an explorer and he expanded the horizons of the European people, many of which of us are descendants of. Whatever it is that people, who were not there claim, we are here and we are who we are because of the people who came here. Now instead of Christopher Columbus Day they want to call it Indigenous People’s Day. When did it become ok to replace the truth with fiction? Christopher Columbus was an Explorer, fact! The North American continent had NO PEOPLE here 30-50,000 years ago and as such, the people found to be here were not Indigenous, fact. Calling them indigenous is fiction.

  5. Antoinette

    Columbus was a fraud and a buffoon !!!

  6. Tanya Wade

    This article is incomplete. It should’ve included the atrocities that Columbus & his cohorts committed against the Taino people, not just the minor note on their kidnapping & enslavement. The last line makes it seem as if the writer is praising Columbus & if that is the case, I would suggest that she do a bit more reading on the man to find out more of his deeds. He was not “a brilliant navigator or explorer”. He was a bumbling fool, who didn’t know what he was doing & who could very well have gotten his own people killed. Instead, he ended up raping, kidnapping & massacring another people, who had done him no harm, all for the sake of his ego & pride. If one wants to write about Columbus, they should write the truth, rather than the white-washed version that has been used to brain-wash thousands of American children for decades. Columbus was not a hero or a good man.

  7. George Miller

    After finishing The Peace Corps in 1969, I had an interview at The State Department. They asked me about Vietnam. I told them they had two choices – they could lose the war now, or lose it a couple of years. The difference would be tens of thousands of American lives.
    I failed the interview.

  8. Laurie Rothberg

    Had no idea Columbus took prisoners back to his homeland.
    He was way to respected for me. Always trying to change people’s customs makes me sick.

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