Which of Christopher Columbus’s ships ran aground and had to be abandoned?
Santa María was built in Pontevedra, Galicia, in Spain’s north-west region. Santa María was probably a medium-sized nau (carrack), about 58 ft (17.7 m) long on deck, and according to Juan Escalante de Mendoza in 1575, Santa Maria was “very little larger than 100 toneladas” (about 100 tons, or tuns) burthen, or burden, and was used as the flagship for the expedition. Santa María had a single deck and three small masts.
Answer: Christopher Columbus had three ships on his first voyage, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. La Santa María was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage. While exploring the islands now known as the West Indies, the Santa Maria ran aground on Christmas Day 1492 and had to be abandoned. Columbus returned to Spain aboard the Nina, but he had to leave nearly 40 crewmembers behind. When Columbus returned to the settlement in the fall of 1493, none of the crew were found alive. Happy Columbus Day!
The explorer Christopher Columbus made four trips across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain: in 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502. He was determined to find a direct water route west from Europe to Asia, but he never did. Instead, he accidentally stumbled upon the Americas.