Naturally, he needed to let them know that he actually arrived and was able to give back to Spain.
He was accompanied by 104 men scattered between the three ships, the Pinta, Niña, and Santa Maria.
He lost many men from diseases and hunger, but on October 12th, 1492, “Tierra, Tierra” was shouted to exclaim the sighting of land.
He was considered a seaman, Catholic, and was a self-taught cartographer.
He had several jobs throughout his younger years, business agent for families in Genoa.