On This Day in History: 1492, Christopher Columbus Sets Sail from Spain
Working on the assumption that India and China could be reached via the Atlantic, which was little known over than being a vast ocean, on 3rd August 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail with three ships, sponsored by the King and Queen of Spain. Two months later, he reached part of what we now know as the Bahamas, and later visited Cuba and the Island of Hispaniola (which contains Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Columbus returned to Spain in early 1493, along with some captured natives, and later made further voyages.
Columbus never realised he had discovered two new continents and he is rightly known today as a cruel man who did not give the care to human rights that he should have done, although his voyages were the firm start of Europeans going over to the Americas