I am currently reading a book: THE TEMPLAR LEGACY by Steve Berry.
It is a rather fascinating read...fiction, but with a lot of actual fact in it...as are most book I read. Anyway, I came across an article in Christianity Today.
Why Did Columbus Sail?What your history textbooks may not have told you. By Kevin A. Miller, from Issue 35: Columbus & Christianity in the AmericasThe bright noon sun beat down on the stone walls of the Church of St. George in Palos, Spain. Inside, in the cool quiet, knelt Cristóbal Colón, captain general of three small ships anchored in the town's inlet below. With Columbus saying confession and hearing mass, were some ninety pilots, seamen, and crown appointed officials. Later that day they would row to their ships, Colón taking his place on the Santa María, a slow but sturdy flagship no longer than five canoes.Finish this article from the Christian History & Biography website.
It's an interesting article, if you like this sort of thing. Me, well I like anything that is history, and link it in with Christianity and it holds a fascination for me.
Have a look.