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A Day of Exploration

By Aries Jones, intern

Earlier this week, was a day celebrated by many historians. It is also a day celebrated by everyday people. Don’t get me wrong, Columbus Day is no match for Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day in terms of festivities, but it’s still just as important. Why?

Columbus Day commemorates the day Christopher Columbus discovered the New World on October 12, 1492 (remember the old quip we learned as kids: “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.”) Originally, Columbus meant to travel westward to chart a sea trade route to Asia. However, he unknowingly landed in the Bahamas, making him the first European to explore the Americas since the 10th century. It was not until several trips back to this new land that he realized he never reached Asia to begin with.

Columbus is not only remembered for his accidental discovery, but for the ships he used during his first trip to the Americas as well. The Spanish monarchs of the time, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, decided to fund Columbus’ first trip to “Asia” so he could bring back gold and trade spices for them. They gave him three manned ships: the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria—the last of which being his chosen flagship. All three vessels made it to the New World, but not all of them took the same path—or even made it—back.

The Santa Maria stayed behind—and eventually sank—while the others set sail for their home land. The Niña and the Pinta were the only ships that were able to return safely. Interestingly enough, of the two survivors, only the Niña continued travels of exploration while the Pinta faded from history. As these three ships had their own fate, Dwight Edwards allows us to have our own in his new book, A Tale of Three Ships: Setting Sail for Your Extraordinary Dream.

Tale3Ships_cvrEdwards’ book is an extended parable about the three directions every person’s life can take, using Columbus’ ships as a metaphor. Edwards dubs them each the sinking ship of survival, the cruise ship of enjoyment, and the battleship of meaningful influence. By reading this book, in addition to learning about the path these historical ships took, you also gain insight about which direction your own life is taking—and how to adjust your sails to guarantee the most successful journey. Filled with history and inspiration, A Tale of Three Ships: Setting Sail for Your Extraordinary Dream will have you discovering worlds you never thought you’d find.

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http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/columbus-day

http://www.thenina.com/the_original_nina.html