A Brief History
The discovery of America is really an interesting and inspiring story and has been naratted inummerable times but in this article I will focus on the marine aspect of the story by talking about the ships that really discovered the Americas by helping their sailors including Columbus.
It was August of 1492, when Christopher Columbus set sail with three of his sailing ships, Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria from a Spanish port, on a voyage to discover India. The main objective of the voyage was to find the coveted lands of Asia that were famous for gold and spices and also to seek new trading opportunities.
The great voyage had to take its first break at Canary Islands due to the lack of winds. It was already September end, when the voyage resumed. After that, consistent winds and calm sea benefited Columbus to cover great distances. The voyage went on for many days without any traces of land, enough to provoke apprehensions amidst the crew that the ship was heading in the wrong direction.
To appease the apprehensions of its crew, Columbus used to hide the exact figures of the actual distances traveled by generating a fake log with modified figures. But the trick didn’t last long as there was no sight of land for many days that followed. At last Columbus had to surrender to his crew and had to promise them that in case no land is sighted in the next two days they will return back to their homeland. The next day, the land of America was discovered.