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Historical Events in August 1492

Historic DiscoverySanta 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"

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Christopher Columbus aboard his flagship the Santa María in 1492
Christopher Columbus aboard his flagship the Santa María in 1492
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  • Aug 11 Rodrigo de Borja becomes Pope Alexander VI

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

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

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus