To start the project, the port of Palos was chosen, which had the obligation to supply the crown with the use of two ships. Thanks to the efforts of the brothers Martín Alonso and Vicente Yánez Pinzón, it was possible to gather the necessary crew (120 men) for the three ships that made up the fleet: "the girl", "the pint" and the flagship, "the holy Mary".
In the early hours of Friday, August 3, 1492, the journey that would change the history of the world began.
After 36 days in the immensity of the ocean, at dawn on Friday, October 12, 1492, a crew member of "La Pinta", named Rodrigo Sánchez de Triana, gave the expected cry of "land!". It is believed that the first lands visited by the Spanish were the islands that the natives called Guanahaní (the current Watling), which Columbus baptized as San Salvador.
On his second voyage, with a fleet of 1,500 men, he set sail from the port of Caliz in September 1493, where he managed to explore several islands in the Antilles, including Jamaica.
On his third trip, Columbus reaches the island of Trinidad and the coast of Venezuela, from the Orinoco River.