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By the time he was commanding ships, he had plenty of practical experience at sea and access to the charts of his late father-in-law Bartholomew Perestrello, a seasoned navigator. Columbus corresponded directly with Paulo Toscanelli, a respected Florentine scholar who believed that Asia could be reached by sailing Q 25 west. Toscanelli had provided the king of Portugal with a world map upon which an ocean separated the coasts of Europe and Asia. The map, however, depicted nothing but open sea where the Americas lie and greatly underestimated the distance between the Canary Islands and Japan, which Toscanelli computed to be only 3,000 nautical miles, far less than the actual 10,600-mile distance.
In 1492 the Portuguese crown was preoccupied with finding such a route by rounding Africa into the Indian Ocean and had no interest in a dreamer like Columbus. SHIPS AND MAPS At the end of the 1400s, the port cities of both Spain and Portugal had many experienced shipbuilders. One recent invention that 16 Q Discovery of the Americas, 1492–1800 Mapmaking in the Mediterranean world changed drastically during the 13th century, resulting in the portolan chart. The world map shown here was drawn as part of the portolan atlas created by Battista Agnese in Venice between 1536 and 1564.
The men’s hearts sank when it disappeared. , more than a month after leaving the Canary Islands, sailor Rodrigo de Triana (also known as Juan Rodríguez Bermejo) sighted a distant small island by moonlight and shouted out the news. At daylight Columbus and the other captains went ashore. Columbus immediately In 1492 Columbus sailed from the port town of Palos, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and shown in a 19th-century engraving. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62-106031]) 28 Q Discovery of the Americas, 1492–1800 claimed the land for Spain.
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