Wednesday, October 17, 1492

Columbus wrote his Journal as a report to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. On October 17, he indicated in the Journal that he was sailing in the “Indies” (as he had promised them) and referred to the Taínos as “Indians.” Isabella and Ferdinand approach Barcelona,...

Wednesday, October 24, 1492

Columbus sails for Cuba, experiencing rainy weather and inconsistent winds. He didn’t yet understand how bad the weather could get. In future years, Columbus and Europeans would experience what the Taínos referred to as huracáns.

Monday, October 29, 1492

Having reached Cuba, Columbus was unable to establish contact with the local peoples, as they fled when sailors went ashore. Columbus dispatches one of the Guanahanían captives ashore as an emissary—but the locals abandon their homes and flee again.