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You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Often misattributed to Christopher Columbus, “you can never cross the ocean”
is actually a misquoted line from French author André Gide‘s 1925 novel The Counterfeiters (Les Faux-Monnayeurs):
“On ne découvre pas de terre nouvelle sans consentir à perdre de vue,
d’abord et longtemps, tout rivage.” or “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight,
for a very long time, of the shore”.
The meaning suggests that you cannot make a great breakthrough until you let go of the unknown, ahead.
Crossing the ocean involves a great deal of uncertainty of what is next, and uncertainty of whether what is next is even attainable.
Is there another side to “the ocean?” Of course there is.
Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood.
Here the people could stand it no longer and complained of the long voyage but the Admiral cheered them as best he could, holding out good hope of the advantages they would have. He added that it was useless to complain, he had come to go to the Indies, and so had to continue it until he found them, with the help of Our Lord.
Not all of Columbus’ voyages were successful; in fact, half of them ended in disaster. On his first voyage (1492), his fully outfitted flagship ran aground and sank. On his fourth trip, his ship rotted away and he spent a year with his men marooned on Jamaica.
A section from Columbus’ logbook notes that the natives “would make fine servants. With 50 men we could subjugate them and make them do whatever we want.” He later wrote, “Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold.”
While Columbus was not the first to “discover” America or the first European to visit the New World (Viking explorers had sailed to Greenland and Newfoundland in the 11th century), he did kick off centuries of exploration and exploitation of the American continents.
Columbus believed the earth was far smaller than its true size
One reason Columbus estimated the distance around the Earth shorter than other navigators is that he had read Arab maps. As he read the maps, he used a shorter distance for a mile than the Arab map makers had used, causing him to estimate the circumference as being one-fourth less than the actual number of miles. Additionally, Marco Polo’s book, which Columbus relied on, estimated China as much larger than it really was, which also shrank the distance from Europe to Asia.
The Pinta is Spanish for “the painted one” or “prostitute.”
Columbus never set foot on the mainland of North America.