The day Columbus sighted land in the New World was October 12, 1492. Columbus knew the world was round, but thought its diameter was smaller than it is, so when he landed on San Salvador and continued to explore Hispaniola and Cuba on his first voyage, he thought he’d reached Asia. You can read his impressions of the land and its people, whom he initially held in high regard. You’ll also find his letter to Ferdinand and Isabella in which he laid out his ideas for the colonization of this new territory.
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