Just two days before Columbus sighted land, his men were on the verge of mutiny. They had sailed the longest voyage ever out of the sight of land and wanted to turn back. The entry in Columbus’ journal, Oct. 10, 1492, stated: “Here the people could stand it no longer and complained of the long voyage; but the admiral cheered them as best he could, holding out good hope of the advantages they would have. He added that it was useless to complain. He had come to the Indies, and so had to continue until he found them, with the help of Our Lord.”

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