Print circa 1876 depicting the first landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1492. It shows Columbus (c1451 - 1506) and his crew kneeling before a priest during a religious service as Native American Indians look on. Columbus had left the Spanish port of Palos on August 3 1492 with three ships - a carrack called Santa Maria, also known as Gallega (the Galician), plus two smaller caravels called Pinta (the Painted) and Santa Clara, nicknamed Nina. He famously reached the Americas on October 12 1492 - landing on a small island in the modern day Bahamas and naming it San Salvador. Engraving by George S Lang, based on a work by artist John James Barralet (c1747 - 1815).