Lead: In 1492 after years of trying, Christopher Columbus finally received the go ahead for his western voyage. It was the first of four, which would vindicate his vision, but create a controversial legacy.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Because its destination was unknown, the first voyage was the most harrowing. After a over two months at sea the three tiny ships, probably landed on Watling Island in the Bahamas. They explored Hispanola and the southern coast of Cuba, established a settlement, left 39 men in the first Spanish settlement in the New World and sailed for home in triumph.