Go Back Report # 200

10-11-1492 ***Christopher Columbus***           

Medieval Sourcebook: Christopher Columbus: Extracts from Journal 

       Thursday, 11 October. Steered west-southwest; and encountered a heavier sea than they had met with before in the whole voyage. Saw pardelas and a green rush near the vessel. The crew of the Pinta saw a cane and a log; they also picked up a stick which appeared to have been carved with an iron tool, a piece of cane, a plant which grows on land, and a board. The crew of the Nina saw other signs of land, and a stalk loaded with rose berries. These signs encouraged them, and they all grew cheerful. Sailed this day till sunset, twenty-seven leagues.     

       After sunset steered their original course west and sailed twelve miles an hour till two hours after midnight, going ninety miles, which are twenty-two leagues and a half; and as the Pinta was the swiftest sailer, and kept ahead of the Admiral, she discovered land and made the signals which had been ordered. The land was first seen by a sailor called Rodrigo de Triana, although the Admiral at ten o'clock that evening standing on the quarter-deck saw a light, but so small a body that he could not affirm it to be land; calling to Pero Gutierrez, groom of the King's wardrobe, he told him he saw a light, and bid him look that way, which he did and saw it; he did the same to Rodrigo Sanchez of Segovia, whom the King and Queen had sent with the squadron as comptroller, but he was unable to see it from his situation. The Admiral again perceived it once or twice, appearing like the light of a wax candle moving up and down, which some thought an indication of land. But the Admiral held it for certain that land was near; for which reason, after they had said the Salve, which the seamen are accustomed to repeat and chant after their fashion, the Admiral directed them to keep a strict watch upon the forecastle and look out diligently for land, and to him who should first discover it, he promised a silken jacket, besides the reward which the King and Queen had offered, which was an annuity of ten thousand maravedis. At two o'clock in the morning the land was discovered, at two leagues' distance; they took in sail and remained under the square-sail lying to till day, which was Friday, when they found themselves near a small island, one of the Lucayos, called in the Indian language Guanahani.


Reference for the above text is: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/columbusl.html

Original reference: Personal Narrative of the First Voyage of Columbus to America: From a Manuscript Recently Discovered in Spain, trans[lation by] Samuel Kettell (Boston: T. B. Wait and Son, 1827), 32-33.


UFOCAT PRN – 79585

UFOCAT URN – 79585 Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective by Gordon I. R. Lore Jr., p. 41, © 1968

UFOCAT URN – 75960 UFO Nachtrichten, May 1971

UFOCAT URN – 71098 Beyond Earth: Man’s Contact with UFOs by Ralph Blum, p. 44, © 1974
UFOCAT URN – NONE Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, pp.131-132, © 2009


Bahamas – Body of water is the Atlantic Ocean.

San Salvador     Latitude 24-02-00 N, Longitude 074-28-00 W (D-M-S) [island] [Guanahani Island]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/



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