PEARL LEONA STURGIS
The Patriots Daily Bites of American History, The Protestant Reformation Series 30, Volume 5
The discovery of America.
by Christopher Columbus
Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 14 hundred and 92. We grew up saying this little rhyme in the 20th century but I fear most people believe it is common knowledge and doesn’t need mentioned. It could get lost in the past as so much of important history facts do. It’s important to pass down through generations of the how, when, where and why Columbus was sent by the Queen of Spain and accidently, in God’s Providence, stumbled on the western hemisphere the eastern world knew nothing about.
Columbus was born in 1436 and died in 1506. The earth was believed to be flat and much smaller with a sea of monsters guarding the thick fog of darkness but Columbus believed the world to be round. He did not sail with expectation of finding a new continent. He kept a regular journal from the start.
In the introduction of his journal he says: “In consequence to the information I have given to your Highness (Queen of Spain) of the Land of India and a Prince who is called the Grand Kahn (King of Kings) therefore, Your Highness determined to send me to the said parts of India to see the Prince and the people of the Land to discover the means to be taken for the conversion of them to our Holy faith and ordered that I should not go by Land to the east for which it is customary to go, but by a voyage to the west, by which course unto this present time, we are not certain anyone has passed.
” When Columbus and his men were ready to sail they went to the church and implored the Blessings of God on their great enterprise. The next day, Friday, half an hour before sunrise. as Columbus himself says, they set sail from Palos, Spain with three small vessels and 120 men. During the voyage many of the sailors were overcome with emotion but Columbus did not share their fear.
He looked to God for comfort, strength and trust. He knew he was engaged in a providential work to sail to the Indies and evangelize that country with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
(to be continued)
To be Continued in the Next Daily Bites of History Series
In case You Missed our American History Series On (American Revolution )
The Great Awakening
There is Nothing Wrong with the Constitution it's the people we elected to uphold their oaths ,That are the Problems .
This my friends is where all our hopes and dreams ,Freedoms ,Liberties were formed some 240 years ago ,by a group of men with foresight to see way down the road for what is today. The Greatest Country in the World,And Still Is,as long as WE THE PEOPLE STAND UP FOR OUR FREEDOMS