Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

“There are but 155 years left … at which time … the world will come to an end,” wrote Christopher Columbus in his book “Libro de Las Profecias.” “The sign which convinces me that our Lord is hastening the end … is the preaching of the Gospel … in so many lands.” Though his predictions were off, Columbus described in detail his motivation for setting sail this day, Aug. 3, 1492, with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. He carried a letter from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to the Gran Khan of India, with the instructions “to see the said princes and peoples … and the manner which should be used to bring about their conversion to our Holy Faith.”