At 8:00 in the morning of 3 August 1492, Columbus departed from Castilian Palos de la Frontera (on the river Saltes , at the confluence of the rivers Rio Tinto and Rio Odiel ).  Columbus and his crew embarked on a voyage to find a shorter route to India and the Orient with three medium-sized ships, the Niña (real name Santa Clara ), the Pinta , and the Santa Maria . The ships were the property of Juan de la Cosa and the Pinzón brothers ( Martín Alonso Pinzón and Vicente Yáñez Pinzón ), but the monarchs forced the Palos de la Frontera inhabitants to contribute to the expedition as well.
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