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Date(s) - 10/01/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



On May 11, 1502, four old ships and 140 men under Columbus’s command put to sea from the port of Cadiz. Among those in the fleet were Columbus’s brother Bartholomew, and Columbus’s younger son Fernando, then just thirteen years old. At age fifty-one, Columbus was old, sick, and no longer welcome in his old home base of Hispaniola. But the Admiral felt he had one more voyage left in him.  The nominal purpose of the trip was to find a strait linking the Indies (which Columbus still thought to be part of Asia) with the Indian Ocean. This strait was known to exist, since Marco Polo had traversed it on his way back from China. In effect, Columbus was looking for the Strait of Malacca (which is really near Singapore) in Central America.  This was just the beginning of Christopher Columbus’ fourth and final voyage.  This program is free.  No registration is necessary.  Seats are on a “first come” basis.


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