On this day: Colombus at the gate of a new world

“Land! Land!”, shouted Rodrigo de Triana at 2 a.m. on October 12, 1492. The galvanized Triana was a sailor of the Pinta, a vessel which was considered to be the fastest of the squadron that had set sail to discover the fabulous treasures of the East. The leader of the expedition, Christopher Columbus had offered a reward of a silk coat and a considerable amount of money, ten thousand maravedí (Spanish currency), to anyone who spots land first. However the lucky winner was Columbus, who finally received the prize.

The vessels of Colombus reached an island in the Bahamas which was later named San Salvador. The admiral believed he had reached the eastern coast of China never realizing that he had discovered a new continent.

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