The next day land was discovered.

In point of fact Columbus himself never even set eyes upon America; the closest he got to the mainland of North America was Puerto Rica. However in the aftermath of Columbus’s voyage John Cabot sailed from Bristol, England; which in turn opened the way for the first colony in Jamestown, Virginia and thus allowed the English to claim America as their own. Yet there is considerable evidence that suggests that others from different cultures preceded Cabot and Columbus. So one is forced to ask: why, when there is much to suggest that others from different cultures preceded Columbus, don’t we hear more about this possibility being investigated? Could it be that certain powers have a vested interest in keeping our real history under wraps?

Everyone breathed afresh and rejoiced at these signs.

However, the trip was long, longer than anticipated by either Columbus or his crew.

The run until sunset was 27 leagues.

Of course this is so at odds with the dictates of modern science, history and archaeology that one would expect it to be rejected out of hand, as indeed it has been. This is not so easily done though with a landmark tower in Newport, Rhode Island. Curiously the tower is built in the style of a medieval look out and has been dated back to the fourteenth century. As if to emphasize its antiquity Italian navigator Giovanni de Verrazano recorded the tower whilst mapping the coastline in 1524, marking its location as an existing “Norman Villa”. Similar evidence can be found in Westford, Massachusetts, where a rock engraving can be found depicting a figure dressed like fourteenth century knight. Intriguingly the figure carries a shield portraying the emblem of a ship following a single star.

The land was first seen by a sailor named Rodrigo de Triana.

The fleet left a swath of terror in its wake, and had not yet arrived at its destination: the fort at La Villa de la Navidad. On November 28th, they arrived and looked for those 40 men left behind near Guacanagarí’s friendly village. The reception was different from what they envisioned.

We join Columbus's account as his expedition approaches the islands of the Bahamas.

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In Portugal
Columbus went to live in Portugal. One story says he swam ashore after his ship was attacked by pirates! He and his brother Bartholomew made and sold maps.

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Columbus's dream
People in Europe wanted to find a new sea route east, to trade with Asia. They wanted to send ships to India, China and the East Indies.

Throughout the account, Columbus refers to himself in the third person as the "Admiral":

Columbus's biggest ship, the Santa Maria, was less than 23m long.

Columbus could not have been too surprised; he had already been handing out captured women as sex gifts to his men. The only ally that the Spaniards had was Guacanagarí, and the head priest on the expedition, Friar Buil, wanted Guacanagarí executed as an example. Columbus was not about to execute his only ally, church advice or not. Instead, he had the fort site dug up, to see if the men buried any gold they might have seized (as Columbus instructed them to), and they moved off to establish another settlement.

The crew of the caravel Niña also saw signs of land, and a small branch covered with berries.

America? You may ask, how did they know about America?

The invasion force was prepared for the “inhuman savagery” of the natives. On the first day that land was sighted, November 3, 1493, Coma had this to say, before he had even seen a native (besides those already in Spanish captivity):

Up to two hours after midnight they had gone 90 miles, equal to 22 1/2 leagues.

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Going to sea
The Columbus family hoped to get rich by . Columbus went to sea at the age of 13. Life at sea was exciting, but dangerous. He hoped to come home a rich man!