Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain, in 1492 with his three ships, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, in an attempt to reach Asia from a westerly direction. He commanded a crew of 90 men. They spotted land in the New World on October 12, 1492. Children could learn more at: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/all-about-christopher-columbus-1451-1506
Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World in 1492. He had left Spain on August 3, 1492, with three ships and 90 men. His journey, filled with dangers, marked the beginning of the age of exploration. Children can read a well-written summary of his explorations at: Columbus.