Christopher Columbus saved by an eclipse

In 1503 during his fourth voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus and his men were stranded for months on the island of Santo Domingo (now Hispaniola, divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic) due to the shipped being disabled by shipworms. Continue reading

First European explorer to land on the South American continent

Christopher Columbus, during his third voyage, became the first European explorer to land on the South American continent. Continue reading

Letters from Christopher Columbus sent from Lisbon

Christopher Columbus, on March 14th 1493, having docked in Lisbon, Portugal, at the end of his first voyage to the New World, he wrote and dispatched two identical letters, one to Raphael Sanchez and the other to Luis de Santangel. These letters described his encounters and discoveries of America

Date:
      March 14th 1493
Name(s):
      Christopher Columbus
Occupation:
      Captain / Explorer
Location:
      Lisbon, Portugal


Additional Information:

  • Columbus’s letter on the first voyage – Wikipedia
    Columbus’s letter on the first voyage is the first known document announcing the results of the first voyage of Christopher Columbus that set out in 1492 and reached the Americas.
  • Columbus reports on his first voyage, 1493 | The Gilder Lehrman …
    On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail from Spain to find an all-water route to Asia. On October 12, more than two months later, Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas that he called San Salvador; the natives called it Guanahani.
  • Letter from Christopher Columbus | The Gilder Lehrman Institute of …
    Students will be asked to “read like a detective” and gain a clear understanding of the content of Christopher Columbus’s 1493 letter to Ferdinand and Isabella.
  • Letter to King Ferdinand of Spain
    Since I know that you will be pleased at the great victory with which Our Lord has crowned my voyage, I write this to you, from which you will learn how in thirty-three days I passed from the Canary Islands to the Indies, with the fleet which the most illustrious King and Queen, our Sovereigns, gave to me.
  • Christopher Columbus, Letter (1493) – FIU
    Letter addressed to the noble Lord Raphael Sanchez, Treasurer to their most invincible Majesties, Ferdinand and Isabella, King and Queen of Spain, by Christopher Columbus, to whom our age is greatly indebted, treating of the islands of India secently discovered beyond the Ganges, to explore which he had been sent eight months before under the auspices and at the expense of their said Majesties.
  • Christopher Columbus – Wikipedia
    The name Christopher Columbus is the Anglicisation of the Latin Christophorus Columbus. His name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo and, in Spanish, it is Cristóbal Colón.

Take on the arctic by land… A Canadian thing Eh!

In 1770-72, while employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company, Samuel Hearne, an English Canadian was sent on an exposition North to see if he could find a path to Asia. Continue reading

Canadian fur trader reaches Pacific Coast

Leaving from Fort Chipewyan at Lake Athabasca (noa Alberta, Canada) following the Peace River, Parsnip River, Fraser River, along the Blackwater River and Bella Coola River, explorer and fur trader Alexander Machenzie, a Scottish born Canadian crossed the Rocky Mountains to reach what is now Dean Channel on the Pacific coast of British Colombia, Canada on July 22nd, 1793. Continue reading