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Do You Know: Columbus’ Actual Ships Names?

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Exact replicas of two ships in Columbus' fleet.

Exact replicas of two ships in Columbus' fleet.

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Exact replicas of two ships in Columbus' fleet.

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Contrary to what is taught in elementary school, none of Christopher Columbus’ ships were named the Pinta or the Niña.

Traditionally, ships were named after saints, but sailors often created nicknames.

The Santa Clara was nicknamed the Niña in honor of Juan Nino, its owner.

The original name of the Pinta is unknown, but it translates to prostitute in Spanish.

The Santa Maria has maintained its original name throughout history.

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