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Stock #: 235664
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Fleetwood
Postmark: 1992 Apr-24
PM City: Christiansted
PM State: VI
Stamp: 29c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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First day of issue: April 24, 1992 First issue location: Christiansted, US Virgin Islands A veritable island paradise lay revealed in the sun's brilliant light, and the Italian mariner was eager to explore its luch interior. Accompanied by his two captains and other officials, Columbus marched ashore carrying the royal banner. Claiming the island for Spain's king and queen, Columbus renamed it San Salvador. Later journal entries maintained that the admiral "... never beheld so fair a thing..." Still convinced he had reached the Indies, Columbus called the local Arawak natives "indians," but he spent only three days exploring San Salvador before casting off to investigate what lay beyond the island. For nearly three months, the small fleet glided in and out of a dozen or more exotic ports, sailing coastlines from Cuba to Hispanola. On Christmas Eve, the Santa Maria shipwrecked on a reef off Haiti. But ever willing to take advantage of opportunity, Columbus ordered a fort built on the island and left 40 of his men to search for gold until his return. On January 16, 1943, the Nina and Pinta triumphantly set sail alone for home
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