In 1492 Columbus Sailed The Ocean Blue….But Did You Know…

By  | October 10, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus set foot on the fine white sands of an island in the Bahamas, unfurled the Spanish royal standard and claimed the territory for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

You might know he thought he was in India but here are just a few things you may not know about the famed explorer:

Columbus didn’t set out to prove the earth was round…There was no need for Columbus to debunk the flat-earthers—the ancient Greeks had already done so. As early as the sixth century B.C.

Columbus was likely not the first European to cross the Atlantic Ocean…. The Norse Viking Leif Eriksson, who is believed to have landed in present-day Newfoundland around 1000 A.D., almost five centuries before Columbus set sail. Some historians even claim that Ireland’s Saint Brendan or other Celtic people crossed the Atlantic before Eriksson.

Three countries refused to back Columbus’ voyage…Portugal, England and France, the response was the same: no.NinaPintaSantaM

Nina and Pinta were not the actual names of two of Columbus’ three ships…Mariners dubbed one of the three ships on Columbus’s 1492 voyage the Pinta, Spanish for “the painted one” or “prostitute.” The Santa Clara, meanwhile, was nicknamed the Nina in honor of its owner, Juan Nino. Although the Santa Maria is called by its official name, its nickname was La Gallega, after the province of Galicia in which it was built….And!! The Santa Maria wrecked on Columbus’ historic voyage.

columbus-jamaica-1504-grangerA lunar eclipse may have saved Columbus….In February 1504, a desperate Columbus was stranded in Jamaica, abandoned by half his crew and denied food by the islanders. The heavens that he relied on for navigation, however, would guide him safely once again. Knowing from his almanac that a lunar eclipse was coming on February 29, 1504, Columbus warned the islanders that his god was upset with their refusal of food and that the moon would “rise inflamed with wrath” as an expression of divine displeasure. On the appointed night, the eclipse darkened the moon and turned it red, and the terrified islanders offered provisions and beseeched Columbus to ask his god for mercy.

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