The harbour of Palos de la Frontera, where Columbus' fleet left on 3 August 1492, is filled up long ago and is now for the large part a park. In this park you will find several small memorials. The photo above shows the viewpoint halfway the cliff. In the distance you see the Rio Tinto with on the opposite bank the city of Huelva. The explanatory sign on the soccle says that on 3 August 1492 from here the sailors from Palos undertook the voyage to America.
A few meters to the right there is a "real" memorial:
A tile plaque with the text:
PUERTO HISTORICO DE
DEL CUAL PARTIERON LAS NAVES
SANTA MARIA, PINTA Y NIÑA
MARTIN ALONSO PINZON Y VICENTE YAÑEZ PINZON
EL 3 DE AGOSTO 1492 PARA
DESCUBRIR UN NUEOVO MUNDO
Translation: Historical port of Palos from which departure the ships Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña commanded by Christopher Columbus, Martin Alonso Pinzon and Vincent Yañez Pinzon on August 3, 1492 to discover a new world)
and the logo of the Quincentenary. In the corners three coat of arms, that of Palos de la Frontera (top left), Columbus (top right) and Guadelupe (bottom right).
The plaque is a gift from the Asociación de Alcaldes for the fifth centenary
Lower in the harbor is the Fontanilla. The square-shaped public fountain is protected by a 14th century mudéjar templete. According to the legend, the Santa Maria, Pinto, and Niña, stocked up with water here.
In this park there are two other monuments, La Cruz de Coldin and El Pebetero
Sources & Information
- Translation: Marcos Iglesias
Location (N 37°13'52" - W 6°53'29")
Item Code: esan011;
Photograph: 9 March 2002
© Website and photos: René & Peter van der Krogt
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