Key dates of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas:
Aug. 3, 1492: The Niña, Pinta and the Santa María set sail from Palos, Spain.
Aug. 12: The ships reach the Canary Islands and remain until Sept 6.
Sept. 9: Sailing westward, the ships lose sight of land at nightfall.
Sept. 30: The ships complete three weeks of travel with no sight of land, the longest journey with no discovery.
Oct. 7: A mistaken shout of "Land Ho" brings great disappointment.
Oct. 10: Sailors begin to get restless and are on the point of mutiny but agree to sail on for two or three more days.
Oct. 12: Columbus discovers America when land is sighted. He goes ashore on San Salvador (Watlings Island) in the Bahamas.
Dec. 24: Columbus' flagship, the Santa María, is wrecked off Cap Haïtien.
Jan. 16, 1493: The Niña and Pinta begin their homeward voyage, with Columbus aboard the Niña.
Feb. 8: The Niña and Pinta are hit by strong headwinds.
Feb. 12: A storm threatens the Niña.
Feb. 13-14: The storm causes the two ships to get separated.
Feb. 15: The Niña arrives at Santa María island in the Azores and waits 10 days before leaving without the Pinta.
March 3: The Niña arrives in Lisbon and stays there 10 days.
March 15: The Niña returns to its home port of Palos. The Pinta pulls in a few hours later.
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