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The Third voyage of Christopher Columbus

Canary Islands

Figure 4.1: The Third expedition started off by leaving the Canary Islands

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

On May 30, 1498, Columbus with six ships departed from the Spanish port of Sanlucar to embark on his third voyage to discover the New World (

The crew first arrived at the Portuguese Island of Porto Santo, his wife's home town, and then to the Island of Madeira (

The ships were caught up in the Doldrums, a windless area in Equatorial Africa, and drifted in the area for about eight days before departing on the 22nd due to the wind movement and travelled in a westerly direction (