“ . . . his sleep brings dreams of home.”—Christopher Columbus
On August 3, 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail on his first voyage.
Christopher Columbus was born in the seaport town of Genoa, Italy circa 1451. He developed a love for the sea at an early age and eventually settled in Lisbon, Portugal. While searching for an easy route to the East Indies, he was certain that he could reach India and the Spice Islands by sailing westward. After seven years of struggling to win support for his plan, he and a crew of ninety set sail on August 3, 1492 aboard three ships—the “Nina, the “Pinta,” and Columbus himself in command of the flagship “Santa Maria.” After several mishaps and many hardships, they reached the island of San Salvador on October 12, 1492.
Stamp Design Files, Scott Specialized Catalogue 2005, A1972-A1975, April 24, 1992, #2620-2623 (entitled “First Voyage of Christopher Columbus”).
The Story of Columbus on Stamps by George J. Lofts – HE6183 C72L82 1944 NPM. Columbus by Dr. J.H. Van Peursem; translated by J.H. Brinkman – HE6183 C63P51 NPM