A Day in the Life of Christopher Columbus
Logbook of the Santa Maria
Captain's Entry August 3, 1492
I cannot believe it! After being turned down repeatedly by King John II of Portugal, the Spanish monarchs, and the King of England, my hard work and persistence has finally paid off. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain have agreed to finance my expedition after I spent eight years trying to convince someone that it is possible to find a direct sea route to the Far East by sailing west. I do not know if King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella agreed because their recent victory in Granada has made them more willing to take the risk or because they cannot take any more of my pleading. I do not care what their reasons may be; I am just glad they agreed to sponsor the expedition. I am forty-one years old, and my dream of ten years is finally becoming a reality.
They have named me Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Viceroy, and governor of any lands I might discover on my voyage. Of course, any new territory we stumble across on this expedition will be claimed for Spain.
The King and Queen have graciously provided me with three ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Although they are small, they are fast and well equipped. They are admirably suited to our purpose. I am sitting on board the deck of the Santa Maria, the flagship, as I write this entry.
It was very difficult to find enough men for my crew, because they are terrified of the unknown waters that await us. Many still believe that the world is flat and that we are going to sail right over the edge. I know this is not true...