On This Day

What Happened in August 1492

Historical Events

Santa María

Aug 3 Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa María, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"

  • Aug 11 Rodrigo de Borja becomes Pope Alexander VI

Voyage of Discovery

Aug 12 Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World