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Columbus Lands in the New World On returning from America, which he believed was the coast of Africa, Christopher Columbus wrote about his experience. In this passage from a letter describing his first voyage, he tells of his arrival on the island of Hispaniola (Haiti). Historians believe that Columbus wrote this letter for public consumption. Letter to Raphael Sanchez, Treasurer to the King and Queen of Spain Thirty-three days after my departure from Cadiz I reached the Indian sea, where I discovered many islands, thickly peopled, of which I took possession without resistance in the name of our most illustrious Monarch, by public proclamation and with unfurled banners. To the first of these islands, I gave a name of the blessed Saviour (San Salvador), relying upon whose protection I had reached as well as the other islands; to each of these I also gave a name… The inhabitations of both sexes in this island, and in all the others which I have seen, or of which I have received information, go
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