Christopher Columbus and the First Voyages to the New Worldby Steven C. Dodge, William H. Goetzmann (Editor)
In all likelihood it was the most momentous miscalculation in history. On August 2, 1492, three ships departed the Spanish port of Palos. The stubborn captain-General of this tiny fleet, Christopher Columbus, had convinced himself that by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean, he would reach the Indies and claim the riches and glory coveted by all of Europe's monarchs.
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