Returning home in 1493, Columbus stopped in the Azores at an island with this name, also something he’d lost off the Haiti Coast

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Returning home in 1493, Columbus stopped in the Azores at an island with this name, also something he’d lost off the Haiti Coast

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The Final Jeopardy Answer is: Santa Maria

Final Jeopardy Explanation

In February 1493, After his initial voyage to America, Christopher Columbus made an unplanned stop on Santa Maria Island while sailing back to Spain after his ship Niña was forced to stop there by a storm. The locals of the island met them harshly and number of his crew members were taken captive, and difficult negotiations were launched to free them. Before he left for Spain, he and his group attended a mass in the old chapel to express their gratitude for their liberation.

The Santa Maria was also the name of the ship which led Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, and it was the largest of the three Spanish ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492. The boat was lost when it ran aground on a shoal near Hispaniola and partially dismantled to obtain timbers for Fort Navidad on the island.

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