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Countries Visited by Christopher Columbus

Using the map for help, name countries visited by Columbus in the order he visited them. Start by naming the country he left from.
May be missing a few of the less notable locations he landed in. See comments for details.
For territories, both the name of the country and the name of the territory will be accepted.
Quiz by JWatson24
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Last updated: February 19, 2024
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First submittedAugust 31, 2021
Times taken14,162
Average score67.6%
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First Voyage
Spain
Canary Islands (Spain)
Bahamas
Cuba
Haiti
Dominican Republic
Azores (Portugal)
Portugal
Second Voyage
Spain
Canary Islands (Spain)
Guadeloupe (France)
Virgin Islands (US)
Puerto Rico (US)
Dominican Republic
Cuba
Jamaica
Dominican Republic
Guadeloupe (France)
Portugal
Third Voyage
Spain
Madeira (Portugal)
Canary Islands (Spain)
Cape Verde
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela
Dominican Republic
Fourth Voyage
Spain
Morocco
Martinique (France)
Dominican Republic
Honduras
Nicaragua
Costa Rica
Panama
Jamaica
Dominican Republic
Spain
48 Comments
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Level 71
Aug 31, 2021
In part because Columbus didn't keep very good logs of his voyages and in part because many of these areas were sparsely habited in the late-1400s, some exact locations are uncertain. I approached this cases with my own discretion. For example, the exact location of his landing in Puerto Rico is debated, but since we are reasonably certain it was on the northwest coast, I thought it was worth including. In contrast, I found sites saying that he visited Cuba on his Fourth Voyage. It's mostly conjecture because there's no strong evidence behind this, and even if he did land there, we have no clue where that landing was. Even if he did visit places that aren't on this map, I'm reasonably sure they were in countries that he already visited.

Also, if you want to talk about your opinion of Columbus here, I'm fine with that. Just remember, as always, to be respectful and stick to arguments that are logic-based rather then emotion-based.

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Level 58
Aug 31, 2021
Excellent quiz and SVG! The one criticism that I have is that the 3rd voyage doesn't end in the Old World like the rest of them.
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Level 71
Aug 31, 2021
Thanks! Technically, all of the voyages started and ended in Spain, but there was no point in having Spain as an answer twice in a row. For the first two voyages, Portugal just happened to fall on the route back, so they went there first. In contrast, Columbus was under arrest on his third voyage, so I'm guessing they wanted him to take the most direct route to Spain for his trial.
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Level 63
Oct 20, 2022
All roads lead to Rome. All sea routes lead to Lisbon. 😁
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Level 54
Aug 31, 2021
Excellent quiz! The map is beautiful and the animations amazing. It's easy but very funny and enjoyable. Nominated, of course!
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Level 71
Aug 31, 2021
Thanks :) You always write such nice comments and I always look forward to reading them!
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Level 54
Sep 1, 2021
I don't always write nice comments. I always write nice comments when I find a quiz which desserves it in my opinion. Here is an important difference. And I'm glad to say most of your recent quizzes are excellent!
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Level 70
Sep 12, 2021
Great quiz JWatson24! You did such great maps in this series. Nominated ofc!
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Level 71
Sep 12, 2021
Thanks! I always look forwards to your comments too! Glad you're enjoying the series :)
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Level 61
Oct 31, 2021
Amazing concept!
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Level 71
Oct 31, 2021
Thanks :)
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Level 67
Sep 6, 2022
He seemed to like the Dominican Republic!
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Level 71
Oct 3, 2022
Yeah, that's essentially because Santo Domingo was the capital of the "New World" during Columbus's time.
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Level 83
Feb 20, 2024
Probably it was founded because he really liked it rather than the other way round
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Level 86
Feb 20, 2024
Probably, but I think it must be a very good place to build a city and port. It has been an important city in the Caribbean since then and it still is.
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Level 79
Sep 20, 2022
Another excellently executed quiz. Nominated also.
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Level 71
Oct 3, 2022
Thanks Ecce! It's hard to keep up when you leave comments on all my quizzes, but of course I appreciate them :)
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Level 39
Jan 12, 2023
Needs to be featured
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Level 71
Jan 12, 2023
Thanks! I've already had several similar quizzes featured, so if this one doesn't get featured I don't mind. I'm more than content seeing people taking my quizzes and enjoying them and perhaps learning something from them.
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Level 55
Feb 14, 2024
Should get featured next week! Well deserved!
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Level 71
Feb 14, 2024
Wow! Lost track of noms on this one. Thanks for all the nominations guys! :)
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Level 60
Sep 26, 2023
Please accept AVI/USVI for United States Virgin Islands. I'm pretty sure these are usually accepted.
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Level 71
Sep 26, 2023
Those should work now. Thanks!
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Level 74
Feb 19, 2024
Congratulations on another feature!
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2024
Thanks!
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Level 93
Feb 19, 2024
Really enjoyed this quiz. Also added to my knowledge of the timing and destinations of his voyages. Well done!
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2024
Thanks! Glad you liked it.
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Level 53
Feb 19, 2024
Hey JWatson, congratulations about the feature! I was wondering if I could translate some of your quizzes of this series into spanish or help you out with the translation. Anyways, have a good day!
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2024
Yeah no problem--I've actually wanted to have this series translated to Spanish for a while. Go ahead and translate whichever ones you want, you have my full permission!
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Level 53
Feb 20, 2024
Thank you! I'll notify you when the quizzes are published.
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Level 82
Feb 19, 2024
It wasn’t clear from the instructions that you need to enter different territories of the same country separately where they occur consecutively. It didn’t occur to me to enter Spain twice at the start. Might be a good idea to clarify in the intro.
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2024
Yeah, the circle vs square distinction helps but it would be nice to have in the description/caveats explicitly.
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2024
I think that was another thing QM may have removed when he featured this quiz. I included another caveat about it that's pending approval, so hopefully QM will accept it.
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2024
Small thing, but you should probably edit the caveat to say "See comments for details."
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2024
That was something that Quizmaster wrote after he featured the quiz, and I think it was just a mistake on his part. I've submitted a request to fix it so hopefully it'll say comments soon.
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2024
Completing this quiz with the map being completed along the way I realised how much courage he had in completing this enormous task.
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2024
Thanks for getting this featured y'all :)
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Level 84
Feb 19, 2024
Finished with 0:02 left and Columbus still mid-Atlantic. Had to guess between Portugal & Spain. Amazing quiz!
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2024
Fourth voyage is missing dots for nicaragua and costa rica
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Level 83
Feb 21, 2024
And Trinidad.
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Level 71
Feb 21, 2024
That's on purpose. He didn't visit any major cities or sites in those countries. I think you can still get it based on location and context though.
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Level 75
Mar 23, 2024
The general comment on the top of this list suggests that "many of these areas were sparsely habited" at the time of Columbus' voyages. The qualifier "many of" should be taken seriously, but one wouldn't want to engage in the old terra nullius justification of what Columbus did and the next decades and centuries of what followed. In 1541, Bartolome de las Casas was far more impressed with the (then already formerly) dense populations Columbus and his followers encountered.
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Level 55
Mar 25, 2024
We're likely never going to find out how large the pre-Columbian population actually was. More modern estimates put the indigenous population of the Caribbean at around 3 million, of which about a third could've possibly have been Taínos.
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Level 55
Mar 25, 2024
Why are we doing this quiz? I thought Columbus was appropriately "cancelled" for at least a decade.
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Level 45
Mar 28, 2024
I don't get why so many people are hating on this quiz, I understood it after a short while and I love the way it's made. The creativity is very cool! Thanks for this quiz!
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Level 71
Mar 28, 2024
It's fine, it's just a few stray commenters. Most of the reviews here have been positive and the quiz has a 4.87 rating so I think most people like it. I also have other quizzes like this that have been featured, so I'm not sure what they dislike about this quiz in particular. That being said, it doesn't bother me much. Thanks for taking it!
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Level 66
Apr 17, 2024
Canary Islands is Spain!!!
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Level 32
May 20, 2024
US was not accepted for Puerto Rico