The Third voyage of Christopher Columbus
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 (http://columbusnavigation.com/v3.shtml).
The crew first arrived at the Portuguese Island of Porto Santo, his wife's home town, and then to the Island of Madeira (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus).
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 (http://columbusnavigation.com/v3.shtml).