What about a bit of history? Who was Christopher Columbus?
Christopher Columbus (c. 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy.
Under the auspices of theCatholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola, initiated the process of Spanish colonization, which foreshadowed the general European colonization of the "New World".
Columbus departed from Palos, Spain on August 2, 1492 with three ships (the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria). He arrived at the Canary Islands. Then he arrived at the Bahamas on October 12 (he named each island). Then he sailed north of Cuba on October 28 and arrived at Hispaniola (now called the "Dominican Republic") on December 5 and departed on January 16. Columbus arrived in the port of Palos on March 15, 1493.