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The Canary Islands

Figure 2.3: The Canary Islands made up of many other islands

Pointer co-ordinates: 8043'50.94 N and 15017'47.27' W

Columbus initially sailed to the Canary Islands which is situated on the South Western direction from Spain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus)., where he and his crew gathered food and for repairs to the ships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus).

Columbus remained in the Canary Islands for four weeks due to calm winds, pending stronger winds in order for the ships to set sail (http://columbusnavigation.com/v1.shtml).

He departed from the island of Gomera (which forms part of the Canary islands), but again was delayed as result of calm wind (http://columbusnavigation.com/v1.shtml).

He sighted and remained on the island Hierro which also forms part of the Canary Islands and left the island on the 6th of September 1492 (http://columbusnavigation.com/v1.shtml).

The Canary Islands

Figure 2.4: The indivial islands that make up the Canary Islands

Pointer co-ordinates: 28020'40.74' N and 16012'07.29' W

The Canary Islands

Figure 2.5 The Islands of Hierro and Gomera which forms part of the Canary Islands and the initial destination of Christopher Columbus.

Pointer co-ordinates: 27034'30.69 N and 17037'05.53' W