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24 JUNE 1497

   Posted by: Michael    in Events in History

John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) is said to have landed somewhere on the coast of North America, the first European since the Vikings to do so.  He had received letters patent from Henry VII on 5 March 1496 and was backed by Bristol merchants.  This was his second voyage.



12 OCTOBER 1492

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis    in Events in History

12 OCTOBER 1492

Statue of Christopher Columbus in Barcelona (D. Preis)

12 OCTOBER 1492

Replica of the Santa Maria (D. Preis)

Christopher Columbus arrives in America, or, more exactly, one of the islands in the Bahamas.  A group of three ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Niña, left Spain on 3 August.  They first sailed to the Canary Islands.  From there, the journey across the Atlantic took 5 weeks.

In October 1977, I visited a replica of the Santa Maria, the largest of  the three ships, in Barcelona – and was amazed how small it was.  In the photo on the right you can see Columbus pointing the way over my head.

Dorothea Preis

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