In 1492, explorer Christopher Columbus set sail to search for a quicker sea route to Asia. The Spanish king and queen, Ferdinand V and Isabella, paid for his ships, crew, and supplies. Here, Columbus says goodbye to Ferdinand and Isabella as he leaves on his journey.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain with three small ships: the Pinta, the Niña, and the Santa María. After more than two months at sea, Columbus and his crew reached the Americas.
On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus and his crew arrived in the Americas. They landed on a small island in the Bahamas. In this picture, Columbus claims the island for Spain. He named it San Salvador (Holy Savior).
When explorer Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas in 1492, he was greeted by the native people who lived on the islands. Columbus, shown standing with his hand raised, and his crew began trading with the native people.