Columbus, Christopher 1451 -- 1506 Italian mariner and navigator;widely believed to be the first European to sail across the Atlantic Ocean and successfully land on the American continent.Born Cristoforo Colombo, between August and October 1451, in Genoa, Italy.
Columbus began working at sea early on, and made his first considerable voyage, to the Aegean island of Chios, in 1475. According to records of the voyage, weather remained fair throughout. The first sighting of land came at dawn on October 12.

As everyone knows, Columbus had three ships on his first voyage, the Ni´┐Ża, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.The flagship Santa Maria had the nickname La Gallega.