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Rodrigo de Triana

Rodrigo de Triana

Spanish explorer
Rodrigo de Triana
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Intro Spanish explorer
A.K.A. Juan Rodríguez Bermejo
Was Explorer Sailor Navigator
From Spain
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 1469, Seville, Spain
Death 24 June 1526, Maluku Islands, Indonesia (aged 57 years)
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Biography

"Columbus in Sight of Land", depicted in the 1¢ Columbian post stamp

Rodrigo de Triana (born 1469 in Lepe, Huelva, Spain) was a Spanish sailor, believed to be the first European since Leif Ericson to have seen the Americas. Born as Juan Rodríguez Bermejo, Triana was the son of hidalgo and potter Vicente Bermejo and Sereni Betancour.

On October 12, 1492, while on Christopher Columbus' ship La Pinta, he sighted a land that was called Guanahani by the natives. After spotting the Bahamian island at approximately two o'clock in the morning, he is reported to have shouted "¡Tierra! ¡Tierra!" (Land! Land!). Columbus claims in his journal that he saw "light" at 10 p.m. the previous day, "but it was so indistinct that he did not dare to affirm it was land." Triana went without reward as Columbus took credit for his find.

After his return to Spain, Triana sailed to Africa and became a Muslim.

NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite originally intended to provide a near-continuous view of the entire Earth, was initially named Triana, after Rodrigo de Triana.

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The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 12 Feb 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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