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Columbus: First Sighting of Land

On August 3, 1492, the fleet of three ships, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa María, set forth from Palos on the Tinto River in southern Spain. The first sighting of land came at dawn on October 12. Thinking he had reached the East Indies, Columbus referred to the native inhabitants of the island as Indians, a term that was ultimately applied to all indigenous people of the New World.

Master Collection, United States Scott 233, Columbian Exposition

The 4-cent Fleet of Columbus stamp was issued in 1893.

Master Collection, United States Scott 230, Colombian Exposition

The 1-cent Columbus in Sight of Land stamp was issued in 1893.

29c Approaching Land single

The First Sighting of Land stamp was issued April 24, 1992.