They set sail on Aug. 3, 1492 from Palos, Spain, and on October 11, 1492, spotted the Caribbean islands off southeastern North America. They landed on an island they called Guanahani, but Columbus later renamed it San Salvador.
He made a total of four trips to the Caribbean and South America during the years 1492-1504.
Though he did not really “discover” the New World–millions of people already lived there–his journeys marked the beginning of centuries of trans-Atlantic conquest and colonization.
As more people from Spain immigrated over to get the riches that Christopher Columbus had found, other countries were inspired and so they sent people over the settle permanently in the hope of discovering the same riches and rich discoveries. Lots of different counties did this which led America’s population to go up in nimbers hugely.
The explorer Christopher Columbus made four trips across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain: in 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502.
Columbus reports on his first voyage, 1493. On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail from Spain to find an all-water route to Asia. On October 12, more than two months later, Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas that he called San Salvador; the natives called it Guanahani.